Art Fund Prize judges to visit People's History Museum

  • 18 April 2011

This Wednesday, 20 April, three Art Fund Prize judges will visit the People's History Museum in Manchester, one of the ten museums and galleries in the running for the much-coveted £100,000 Art Fund Prize.

The People’s History Museum is long listed for The new People’s History Museum 2010.

On Wednesday 20 April three judges will view the museum: Kathy Gee, museums and heritage consultant; Guardian journalist Charlotte Higgins and Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey. They will be given a tour around the museum by Director Katy Archer, Trustees and other staff.

In advance of the visit Katy Archer, Director said: Katy Archer said: “We are very excited about welcoming the judges to the People’s History Museum. Being long listed for the 2011 Art Fund Prize is testimony to the success and achievements of the museum since we reopened our new building in 2010. The transformation of our museum was very much down to the team effort that went into the project and all of our team are looking forward to meeting the judges, showing them around our museum and talking to them about our plans for the museum’s future success and growth.”

Chair of the Judges Michael Portillo and fellow judges Lars Tharp and Jeremy Deller have already paid visits to the museum.

Next Wednesday’s trip marks the end of the judges’ visits to all the long listed institutions. The next stage is for the judges to meet and decide on the short list. Michael Portillo will announce the short list of four on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on 19 May.

The £100,000 Art Fund Prize will be awarded on 15 June at a ceremony at Tate Britain.

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Here are some comments in support of the museum:

“Every time I visit the museum, it never fails to bring home to me the historical contexts - and it does it without either dumbing-down, or being dry and dusty. Top museum, and an underrated gem.”
Jim West, Derby

“Marking and celebrating the history of ordinary people is absolutely essential and this is what the Peoples History Museum does so well.“
Andy Chaffer, Birmingham

“As a postgraduate History student I believe the People's History Museum to be vital to understanding British social history. The artefacts and primary source material give an invaluable insight into the impact of industrialisation on people's everyday lives, that continues to be relevant today. It is more than simply a collection of dusty exhibits. It is living, breathing history at its best.”
Ross Miller