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British Museum named Arts Fund Museum of the Year

16th June 2011

The British Museum in London has been named Museum of the Year by the Arts Fund for its History of the World project.

It was chosen from a shortlist including the University of Cambridge's Polar Museum, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway and the Roman Baths Museum in Bath.

The British Museum received a GBP 100,000 prize to fund future projects at an awards ceremony at Tate Britain last night (June 15th).

Michael Portillo, who chaired the judging panel, said the sheer scope of the History of the World project 'combined intellectual rigour and open heartedness'.

'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,' he added.

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, said the prize money will be used to pay for a series of Spotlight Tours, which will involve lending major exhibits from the museum to other facilities around the UK.

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