Staffordshire Hoard scoops Acquisition of the Year at Apollo Magazine Awards

Last night our director Stephen Deuchar accepted the prestigious Apollo Magazine Awards Acquisition of the Year award on behalf of all the partners involved in saving the Staffordshire Hoard.

At the beginning of this year, we led the successful fundraising campaign to raise £3.3m so that Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent could secure for the West Midlands the Staffordshire Hoard, the precious hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasures which was unearthed in a field near Staffordshire in 2009.

The awards event was held at Bonhams last night and was hosted by the magazine’s editor Oscar Humphries who took his post earlier this year.

Apollo, launched in 1925, has hosted annual awards for the arts since 1992. Winners are featured in the December edition of the quarterly magazine.

Our director Stephen Deuchar said: “I am thrilled to accept this wonderful accolade on behalf of the Staffordshire Hoard partnership, the Art Fund, all our staff, and all of our many members, supporters and donors, without whom we wouldn’t have been able to achieve such a success with our campaign. It was rewarding to work so closely with the museums and councils in the West Midlands, to help preserve the extraordinary treasure for the future enjoyment of many. And of course huge thanks to the National Heritage Memorial Fund which have a grant of £1,285,000 and brought us to the campaign total three weeks ahead of schedule. All in all it was a great example of how when different organisations and individuals come together, great things can be achieved.”

The winners were chosen by the editorial team at Apollo and by its editorial board, which includes academics, museum directors, and former Apollo Magazine editors.

There are five categories. Personality of the year, book of the year, exhibition of the year, museum opening of the year, and acquisition of the year.

The ceremony was particularly special this year as it marks Apollo’s 85th year.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Personality of the Year: Sam Keller, Director of the Foundation Beyeler and the former Director of Art Basel
  • Book of the Year; French Porcelain in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen by Geoffrey de Bellaigue. Published by Royal Collection Publications.
  • Exhibition of the Year: The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700, National Gallery London, National Gallery of Art Washington
  • Museum Opening of the Year: Art of The America’s Wing, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  • Acquisition of the Year, The Stafforshire Hoard - Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

Copies of the December 2010 edition of Apollo were distributed at the event last night. The edition is now on sale nationwide.

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