British Museum, Leighton House and V&A in Running for £100,000 Art Fund Prize

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The list of 10 museums in the running for the prestigious “Museum of the Year” accolade has been announced.

Congratulations to three London museums: the British Museum, Leighton House and the Victoria and Albert Museum, who are all on the list hoping to win the UK’s largest arts prize – the Art Fund Prize 2011.

The Art Fund Prize rewards excellence and innovation in museums and galleries in the UK for a particular project completed or undertaken in 2010. Following a short list of four museums (announced on 19 May), the £100,000 cash prize will be awarded to the “Museum of the Year” at a ceremony on 15 June.

The 10 UK museums have been long listed for the following projects:

  • British Museum, London, A History of the World
  • Hertford Museum, Hertfordshire, Hertford Museum’s Development Project
  • Leighton House, London, Closer To Home: The Restoration and Reopening of Leighton House Museum
  • Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales, Refurbishment and extension of Mostyn gallery
  • People’s History Museum, Manchester, The new People’s History Museum 2010
  • Polar Museum, University of Cambridge, Promoting Britain’s Polar Heritage
  • The new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Scotland
  • Roman Baths Museum, Bath, Roman Baths Development
  • V&A, London, Ceramics Study Galleries
  • Yorkshire Museum, York, Letting in the Light – Revitalising the Yorkshire Museum for the 21st century

While the final decision will be made by an expert panel of judges, you’re invited to get involved in the debate as to who should win too. Visit and tell the judges which is your favourite museum. You can also keep up-to-date with the debate on twitter @artfundprize.

Who do you think should win? Let us know in the comments below!