The National Museum of Scotland, where we recently completed one of our largest and most prestigious projects ever, is on the longlist for the 2012 Art Fund Prize, also known as the museum of the year award.
The accolade is the biggest award for arts and cultural organisations in the UK. Ten museums in total across the country are in with a chance to win £100,000 and the prestigious award, which will be announced on June 19.
The National Museum reopened in July 2011 following a £47.4m redevelopment, and attracted over 100,000 visitors in its first six days of opening.
Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director, National Museums Scotland said: “This is clear recognition of the hard work undertaken by the project team and all of our staff to create an outstanding museum experience for local, national and international visitors. We have been thrilled by the positive reception the museum has had from visitors from near and far.”
ClickNetherfield supplied a total of 168 showcases over 15 new galleries for the museum.
The longlist was chosen by a panel of experts chaired by Lord Smith of Finsbury, former Labour MP and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and includes another of our projects – The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, where we supplied 36 large cases.
A shortlist of four museums will be announced on May 14.
Organisers have also launched a website inviting members of the public to say to say why their chosen museum should win the prize. Comments left on the site, www.artfundprize.org.uk, will be considered by the judges as they decide the shortlist, and anyone who leaves comments will be entered into a prize draw.
The full longlist of nominated museums is:
- Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks.: The Life and Works of Alan Turing
- M Shed, Bristol: A New Museum for Bristol
- National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Development
- Riverside Museum, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow: Riverside Museum Project
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon: RAMM Development Project
- The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire: The Hepworth Wakefield
- The Holburne Museum, Bath, Somerset: The Holburne Museum Development Project
- The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh: Portrait of the Nation
- Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent: Turner Contemporary
- Watts Gallery, Guildford, Surrey: The Watts Gallery Hope Project