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Ulster Museum scoops Art Fund Prize

2nd July 2010

Belfast's Ulster Museum has been named the winner of the Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries at a reception hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

The facility took home the GBP 100,000 prize after seeing off competition from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust's Blists Hill Victorian Town and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry.

Judges praised the institution for its three-year Opening up the Ulster Museum project, which created a series of new galleries and interactive learning zones in the listed building.

Kirsty Young, chair of the judging panel, commented: 'We were moved and invigorated by our visit to the Ulster Museum. Here is a museum that shows how much can be achieved, and one that is building a lasting legacy.'

She reserved special praise for the interactive learning spaces and the museum's commitment to appealing to all parts of the community.

Welcoming the win, Northern Irish culture minister Nelson McCausland said it is testament to the creativity and commitment of the people working at the Ulster Museum.

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