The Museum Prize Trust is a charitable company set up in 2001 to create one major annual Prize for museums and galleries in the UK. National Heritage, the Museums Association, The Art Fund and the Campaign for Museums agreed to put aside award schemes they formerly ran (including National Heritage’s Museum of the Year) and lend their support to a single major Prize.
In addition to the Prize for Museums and Galleries first awarded in 2003, the Trust launched the Clore Award for Museum Learning in 2011, and awarded the Unsung Museum Heroes Award in 2012 – the tenth anniversary year of the Prize.
The Museum Prize is sponsored by the Art Fund and is now known as the Museum of the Year 2014.
Applications are welcome from museums and galleries across the UK for the title and the £100,000 prize. The closing date for applications is 10 February 2014.
The judging panel for 2014, led by Stephen Deuchar, Chief Executive of the Art Fund, will visit all shortlisted entries after the shortlist announcement on 23 April.
The final announcement will be made on Wednesday 9 July.
For more information on the criteria, application process and the 2014 judging panel please go to www.artfund.org
The William Morris Gallery in London's Walthamstow has won this year's £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year.
The judges agreed that "this truly is Museum of the Year. Its extraordinary collections, beautifully presented, draw the visitor engagingly through Morris's life and work and through the building itself. Setting the highest standards of curatorship, and reaching out impressively to its local community."
The announcement was made at the Victoria & Albert Museum to a packed reception and broadcast live on BBC's Front Row.