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People’s History Museum in running for prize

Vote for them so they can get their hands on £100k

Published on March 3rd 2011.

People’s History Museum in running for prize

The People’s History Museum is in the running for the Art Fund Prize 2011, the UK’s largest arts prize.

The news was announced by Michael Portillo, Chair of the Judges, on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. There are ten museums that have been long listed for the prestigious £100,000 award.

The Art Fund Prize 2011 rewards excellence and innovation in museums and galleries across the UK for a project completed or undertaken in 2010.

Katy Archer, Director of the People’s History Museum, said: “Being long listed for the 2011 Art Fund Prize is testimony to the success and achievements of the museum since reopening our new building in 2010. The transformation of the People’s History Museum is due to the team effort that went into the project from our staff, project team, contractors, funders, supporters and audiences. We are very pleased to be included on the long list and very proud of our museum. This announcement further inspires our ambition and plans for the museum’s future success and growth.”

The short list of four museums will be announced on 19 May and the winner awarded the prize at the ‘Museum of the Year’ ceremony on 15 June.

The other nine long listed institutions are:

- British Museum, London, A History of the World

- Hertford Museum, Hertfordshire, Hertford Museum's Development Project

- Leighton House, London, Closer To Home: The Restoration and Reopening of Leighton House Museum

- Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales, Refurbishment and extension of Mostyn gallery

- Polar Museum, University of Cambridge, Promoting Britain's Polar Heritage

- The new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway

- Roman Baths Museum, Bath, Roman Baths Development

- V&A, London, Ceramics Study Galleries

- Yorkshire Museum, York, Letting in the Light - Revitalising the Yorkshire Museum for the 21st century

The panel of judges will visit the ten long listed museums before meeting to decide on the short list. They will all take part in official visits but will also visit as ‘mystery shoppers’.

To vote for the People’s History Museum click here.

PHM facts and figures

In its first revamped year the Peoples History Museum has:

Welcomed 80,502 guests, delivered 80 guided tours, enabled 24,000 badges to be made by visitors, shown 2 changing exhibitions, 9 community gallery exhibitions and offered 5 family friendly events. The shop has sold 1,454 books in the shop and the Left Bank cafe bar made and sold 6,300 cups of tea and served 7,500 canapés at corporate events. 6822 school children and 942 archive users have been welcomed.

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AnonymousMarch 4th 2011.

'and served 7,500 canapés at corporate events'

Very working class, I must say.

I expect that out of those 1454 books, about 1400 were copies of 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' sold to 50k plus council staff on fact finding visits.

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