Poet Michael Rosen champions Roman Baths Museum in bid to win Art Fund Prize

  • 22 February 2011

Michael Rosen is backing the Roman Baths Museum's campaign to win this year's Art Fund Prize.

Celebrated poet, author and recent children’s laureate Michael Rosen is backing the Roman Baths Museum’s campaign to win this year’s Art Fund Prize.

Michael Rosen said: “A good museum is like a good book. It holds your attention and is a pleasure to ‘read’. The Roman Baths does just this. The recent Development has transformed the presentation of the site making it more engaging and accessible for people of all ages, but it has also put a lot of thought and care into the long term conservation of the archaeological remains to safeguard them for the future. I am pleased to be able to offer what support I can to the museum’s campaign.”

Stephen Clews, Manager of the Bath & North East Somerset Council-run Roman Baths said: "Michael is a great communicator and a natural campaigner, regarded by many as a national treasure, and we are delighted that he is lending his voice to champion this campaign.

“Michael already presents the children’s audio tour at the Roman Baths which is incredibly popular with younger visitors, and many adults choose to listen to it too.”

The Council-run Roman Baths has been long listed for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize following its five year Development programme.

Between now and May, each of the ten long listed museums will be visited by a panel of judges led by Michael Portillo before they meet to decide on a short list, which will be announced on 19 May. The winner will be announced on 15 June.

Find out more about the Prize, vote and have your say on the long listed museums, and enter a competition to win an iPad.