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Art Fund Prize unveils 2011 longlist

4th February 2011

London's British Museum has been included on the longlist of the UK's largest arts prize for its recent collaboration with the BBC.

The institution is in the running for the GBP 100,000 Art Fund Prize 2011 for its Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 Objects, which comprised 100 episodes each looking at an individual item from the museum's archive.

Objects examined in the series, and its accompanying book of the same name, included a two million-year-old Olduvai stone chopping tool from Tanzania, the Hoa Hakananai'a Easter Island statue and a Russian revolutionary plate.

Other institutions included on the Art Fund Prize 2011's ten-strong longlist were Hertford Museum, London's Leighton House, Mostyn in Llandudno, Manchester's People's History Museum and the Polar Museum at the University of Cambridge.

The recently-opened Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, the Roman Baths Museum in Bath, London's V&A and the Yorkshire Museum are also longlisted.

Michael Portillo, chair of the judging panel, commented: 'Making the selection was far from easy, out of an extensive list of strong entries. The result shows a wide geographical spread, with museums from Scotland, Wales and a strong representation in the north of England.'
 

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