The Museum Prize Trust is a charitable company set up in 2001 to create one major annual Prize for museums and galleries in the UK. National Heritage, the Museums Association, The Art Fund and the Campaign for Museums agreed to put aside award schemes they formerly ran (including National Heritage’s Museum of the Year) and lend their support to a single major Prize.
In addition to the Prize for Museums and Galleries first awarded in 2003, the Trust launched the Clore Award for Museum Learning in 2011, and awarded the Unsung Museum Heroes Award in 2012 – the tenth anniversary year of the Prize.
The Museum Prize is now run by the Art Fund and is known as The Art Fund Prize for the Museum of the Year.
The five finalists for the 2017 Museum of the Year prize have now been announced. They are:
The Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham telling the story of the world’s four billion-year history, National Heritage Centre of Horseracing Sporting Art, Newmarket expanded after a major redevelopment, Sir John Soane's Museum, London with new displays showing rooms as they were in 1837, Tate Modern, London – new next door is the Switch House and the The Hepworth, Wakefield celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2016 with new initiatives.
The judges for Museum of the Year 2017 are: Professor Richard Deacon CBE, artist; Dr Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum; Munira Mirza, arts and philanthropy advisor; Jo Whiley, radio DJ and television presenter; Stephen Deuchar CBE (chair of the judging panel), director of Art Fund. All the finalists receive £10,000 and the winner of the prize of £100,000 will be announced on 5 July.
More information at www.artfund.org