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'A model for how a traditional museum can become relevant': Horniman Museum in London wins Art Fund's Museum of the Year Award

The institution was awarded the £100,000 prize—the biggest in the global museum sector—for its attempt to confront its colonialist roots

'As visitors return, the UK’s museums have a new sense of purpose'

The five finalists for Museum of the Year 2022 are changing the world around them, says Jenny Waldman, Art Fund director and jury chair for the £100,000 prize

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Tŷ Pawb: an eclectic Welsh centre that wants to be a home for all—including a sweet shop and a dog grooming parlour

Built as a multi-storey car park, this redeveloped Wrexham centre has found its focus on textiles, artists and local groups and offers children’s play and workshops

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People's History Museum: a place where protests are remembered—and where they begin

This Manchester museum, which has the world’s largest collection of protest banners, is empowering locals

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The Story Museum: a gateway to magical worlds for young readers—hidden in an old post office

From digital poohsticks to Mr Tumnus’s snowy footprints, this Oxford space is a place of great adventures

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Museum of Making: a hands-on community hub that honours—and revives—Derby's Industrialist past

At this former mill you can learn about manufacturing history and make something new somewhere old

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Horniman Museum and Gardens: asking difficult questions about colonialism, race and environmental issues

The south London institution has been examining its complicated history, listening and reaching out to diverse communities

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Prizesnews

From migration to Minecraft: shortlist for UK's Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 is announced

Institutions in the running include Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham and Horniman Museum and Gardens in London

Art Fund to help curators from UK's regional museums to visit London Gallery Weekend

Eighteen institutions from Aberdeen to St Ives have been granted funds to help with travel and accommodation

London Gallery Weekend announces 2022 dates and a new focus on UK regional museums

Last year's inaugural edition saw 140 galleries take part in the city-wide event

CCA Derry~Londonderry: a lifeline for artists in isolation on both sides of Ireland's border

The Centre for Contemporary Art filled the lockdown gap with online conversations and social media takeovers

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Experience Barnsley: a crowdsourced museum in Yorkshire shows how culture can help in the pandemic recovery

The gallery located in the town hall is a true “museum of and for the people”

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From village life to vaccine centre: Museum of the Year 2021 shortlist announced

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry, Experience Barnsley, Firstsite, Thackray Museum of Medicine and Timespan chosen as five finalists for Art Fund's coveted £100,000 prize

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UK New Year’s Honours 2021: awards for artists Michael Landy and Denzil Forrester

Former Tate Britain chief Stephen Deuchar is knighted; curator Lesley Fitton and ceramicist Jennifer Lee also recognised

Art Fund launches £1m crowdfunding appeal to help UK museums fighting for survival

After months without income due to coronavirus closures, new survey shows that museums are operating with just 25% of previous visitor numbers

Prizesnews

Museums of the year: Art Fund names five joint winners of UK’s biggest arts prize

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Gairloch Museum, the Science Museum, South London Gallery and Towner Eastbourne will share £200,000 award

Prizesnews

Five museums will share £200,000 as Art Fund reboots 2020 prize to battle coronavirus crisis

Museum of the Year prize has been changed from £140,000 awards and the shortlist will be announced in October

Art Fund unblocks £2m in grants to reopen UK museums and 'prevent immediate insolvency'

Charity's Covid-19 crisis support package includes £150,000 to launch new network of touring exhibitions

St Fagans National Museum of History wins Art Fund Museum of the Year award

The Cardiff museum is the first Welsh winner of the £100,000 prize, beating other finalists including V&A Dundee and Pitt Rivers Museum

Prizesnews

Regional institutions dominate shortlist for £100,000 Museum of the Year award

Northern Ireland's HMS Caroline and V&A Dundee among five finalists for the Art Fund's annual prize

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Museums—just places for a bit of peace and quiet?

The Art Fund's latest report concludes that museums and galleries offer a way to de-stress—but they should not just a place for calm and comfort

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Funding the arts through the National Lottery is not a winning solution

Thanks to an austerity-induced accounting trick, lottery funding is replacing taxes

Art Fund's new student pass scheme offers 500 paid jobs in culture sector

UK non-profit's plan may draw in young crowds which are a target demographic for museums

Ferens Art Gallery: a northern powerhouse

Hull gallery more than tripled visitor numbers during UK City of Culture year after “Herculean” renovation

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Lauded, but not loaded: being shortlisted for a major prize does not solve a museum's money worries

Being part of the Museum of the Year brings kudos and a big PR boost, but some finalists have still found the financial going tough

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