Meet our 2022 finalists

Discover the five fantastic museums that are in the running for the prize in 2022.

Derby Museums, Museum of Making

Derby

An exciting new addition to the Derby Museums’ family, the Museum of Making celebrates innovation and creativity in Derby and its surrounding areas. The local community have been integral to moulding how the museum works for visitors, from helping to move the collection and creating installations to helping conserve the historic building. The museum hosts a lively programme of events and exhibitions and houses an eclectic collection of objects – the world’s smallest engine run using a human hair is a particular highlight. The museum is partnered with Rolls Royce to inspire young people to develop their skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, helping shape the innovators of the future.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

London

Nestled in the heart of South East London, the Horniman Museum and Gardens offers 16 acres of landscaped gardens, dramatic views of London, an inspiring programme of exhibitions and events and a vast collection of objects relating to the environment, ecology and human cultures. The Horniman launched a number of new initiatives in 2021, from helping to create a micro-forest to combat local air pollution, to championing local music. Day to day, the Horniman provides a relaxing and inspiring space for the local community to engage with art, culture and nature.

People's History Museum

Manchester

The People’s History Museum tells the story of democracy in Britain through an enormous collection of political material including papers, posters, prints, badges and more. The museum also actively campaigns for social and political change, recently working with Together With Refugees to campaign against the Nationality and Borders Bill and joining 350 organisations to oppose the Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill. Inspiring the next generation to take an active role in politics is top of the agenda, ongoing projects will work on engaging young people with democratic principles of the past and the future.

The Story Museum

Oxford

Made of 10 intriguing immersive galleries, the Story Museum in historic Oxford champions storytelling and reading for all ages. Their unique spaces include the Enchanted Library, which was made digital by a teenage team during the coronavirus pandemic, and a Learning Studio inspired by Hogwarts. With 26% of children in Oxford living below the poverty line, the museum works towards making stories accessible and beneficial for all, helping to improve literacy, oracy and independent reading for children in the area.

Tŷ Pawb

Wrexham

Housed inside a market alongside makers and traders, Tŷ Pawb celebrates Wrexham’s rich history and community spirit. A programme of exhibitions, projects and live performance are engaging and inclusive, encouraging the community to experience the arts in the Wrexham area. In 2021, the gallery created a more functional space where a number of activities including community conversations, play and performance could thrive together, the Lle Celf Ddefnyddiol (Useful Art Space).

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