Belfast Telegraph

Tower nominated for museum award

The Tower of London, which was home to the spectacular sea of ceramic poppies commemorating the First World War, is in the running to be named Museum of the Year.

It is one of six shortlisted institutions including the recently revamped Whitworth in Manchester and Dunham Massey country house in Altrincham.

Also nominated are the Imperial War Museum in London, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast.

The nomination is not the first recognition for the poppy display, officially called Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red, after its creators, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, both received MBEs in the New Year honours.

More than five million visitors saw the poppies which were planted by volunteers then picked and sent to members of the public who paid £25 each, with the artwork raising millions of pounds for charity.

Previous winners of the Art Fund Museum of the Year award, which comes with a prize of £100,000, include the British Museum and Walthamstow's William Morris Gallery.

Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said: "This is by any measure an exciting and diverse shortlist, showing great heights of creativity and ambition. Despite a difficult environment of funding cuts, UK museums continue to be inventive, surprising and exhilarating."

The winner is announced on Wednesday July 1.


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