Final Four for the Art Fund Prize

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Yesterday the judges announced which would be the final four museums left in the competition to win this year’s £100,000 prize.
They are the British Museum in London, the Polar Exploration Museum in Cambridge, the Roman Baths in Bath and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. Rather than these museums being selected for being just what they are, they have gone through to the next round because they have created something which, in the view of the judges, is exceptional.
The Culture Show on BBC2 last night gave a quick tour of the four shortlisted museums and is available on BBC iplayer if you want to see it. If you don’t want to watch the whole programme, the piece on the museums begins at about 30 minutes and 30 seconds into the show.
Starting with the British Museum, they have been shortlisted for their “A History of the World” which is their tour using 100 objects chosen from their collections. This was linked to the BBC Radio 4 series and then to museums throughout the country contributing to the series and a CBBC series to widen the appeal.
Starting with the British Museum, they have been shortlisted for their “A History of the World” which is their tour using 100 objects chosen from their collections. This was linked to the BBC Radio 4 series. From that point museums throughout the country contributed as well so that it didn’t become just a London based project. A CBBC series widened the appeal to a younger audience.
The Polar Museum is the only museum that is available for the public to understand the complexities of man’s involvement in those regions. In fact it is one of the few places in the world where such knowledge and information is available.
Most people are probably aware of the Roman Baths and Bath as a whole. Man’s association with the site goes back to the Celts because they had Gods connected to water and the springs. The Romans had more influence on its popularity which has continued through the days of Beau Nash and Jane Austen to today when it remains one of the most popular tourist sites outside London. Recently it has improved its accessibility and how it portrays its past to its visitors.
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, a National Trust for Scotland site, is something of a peculiarity amongst museums in that this one is new. Obviously the cottage, the site of his birth, has been there for over 250 years but the adjacent museum has only been open a short while and encompasses a 10 acre site.
Now it’s up to you. It’s time for you to vote on which of the four you would like to see receive the prize Vote by clicking here as from 9am today and the website will also show you how the vote is progressing. The winning museum will be announced on June 15th.

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