British Museum awaits the Art Fund Prize judges

  • 8 April 2011

Next Wednesday, 13 April, Michael Portillo and fellow Art Fund Prize judges will visit the British Museum, one of the ten museums in the running for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize.

The British Museum is among ten museums and galleries to be long listed for the prestigious accolade. It was long listed for its A History of the World project.

A History of the World was a groundbreaking and enormously successful project exploring world history through the British Museum’s collection and through museum and gallery collections across the UK. The project was initiated by the British Museum in partnership with the BBC.

On Wednesday 13 April Michael Portillo will be accompanied by three fellow judges: artist Jeremy Deller, museums and heritage consultant Kathy Gee and Guardian journalist Charlotte Higgins. The project will be presented to them by museum director Neil MacGregor.

In advance of the visit, Neil MacGregor said: “We are delighted that this BBC and Museum sector partnership has been long listed by the Art Fund Prize judges, and look forward to welcoming them to tell them more about the wider project.”

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Some comments from members of the public in support of the British Museum:

“A History of the World was thoroughly inspiring, bringing to life the significance of historical artifacts and why they are important to collect, understand and preserve. It was presented in an entirely approachable way, yet in no way dumbed down, as is so common these days. An intellectual treatise that anyone could enjoy. It has provided a model for how other museums could enliven their displays and educate their audience in a most pleasurable and accessible way. It was a remarkable feat that has brought pleasure to so many. Thanks so much to the British Museum.”
Jenny Smart, Chiddingfold

“The British Museum’s History of the World in 100 objects brings to life material objects in an innovative and accessible way that enables someone from across the world (like me) to appreciate and enjoy important icons of our global heritage. In addition, Neil's commentary helped me understand the role and challenges for museums in today's society. I now look forward to exploring these objects more when I next visit England.”
Christiana Knapman, Canberra, Act, Australia

“Neil MacGregor raised the whole profile of the British Museum in his radio talks and must have attracted many more visitors to look at the 100 objects. They were as varied as the collection and an excellent introduction to the history of art.”
Elisabeth Evans, St Peter Port

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