British Museum wins Art Fund Prize and is crowned 'Museum of the Year'

  • 13 June 2011

Michael Portillo, Chair of the Judges has announced that the British Museum has won the 2011 Art Fund Prize for its groundbreaking project A History of the World.

Michael Portillo, Chair of the Judges has announced that the British Museum has won the 2011 Art Fund Prize for its groundbreaking project A History of the World.

A History of the World is an enormously successful project exploring world history through the British Museum’s unparalleled collection. At the heart of the initiative was a 100 part series on BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in a 100 Objects, telling a narrative global history through British Museum objects from two million years ago to the present day. To realise the project the British Museum, the BBC and over 550 museums across the country came together to serve the public in an ambitious partnership that captured the imaginations of millions across the globe.

JD Hill, Lead Curator of A History of the World talks to the Art Fund about the success of the project:

British Museum by Art Fund

Michael Portillo, Chair of the Judges, said: “We were particularly impressed by the truly global scope of the British Museum’s project, which combined intellectual rigour and open heartedness, and went far beyond the boundaries of the museum’s walls. Above all, we felt that this project, which showed a truly pioneering use of digital media, has led the way for museums to interact with their audiences in new and different ways.”

Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor talks to the Art Fund immediately after winning the 2011 Art Fund Prize.

Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor by Art Fund

To find out more about the project listen to the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, on BBC Four's Front Row.

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