British Museum crowned Museum of the Year by the Art Fund Prize

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Congratulations to the British Museum! The institution has just been crowned “museum of the year” by the Art Fund Prize 2011, and scooped a £100,000 prize.

The Art Fund Prize awards £100,000 each year to a single museum or gallery for a project that wows the judges through its excellence, originality and imagination.

The British Museum won the prize for its groundbreaking A History of the World in a 100 Objects series.

The judges praised the way A History of the World reached far beyond the London museum’s walls, and its pioneering use of digital resources to generate huge public engagement.

At the centre of A History of the World was a 100-part series on BBC Radio 4 (which you can still download now!), telling a narrative global history through British Museum objects from two million years ago to the present day. The British Museum, the BBC and more than 550 museums across the country came together in an ambitious partnership that captured the imagination of millions of people around the world.

I feel really proud that one of London’s greatest institutions has won this top accolade, and was a big fan of the Radio 4 shows.

Read more about A History of the World in 100 Objects. Did you follow the series when it was on Radio 4?