Museum of the Year 2022 shortlist of five

Five museums from Derby, London, Manchester, Oxford and Wrexham nave made it to the shortlist for the £100,000 2022 Art Fund Museum gif the Year award.

They are Derby Museums' Museum of Making, the Horniman Museum, the People's History Museum in Manchester, The Story in Oxford and Wrexham's Tŷ Pawb. 

The 2022 winner will be announced at the Design Museum in London on July 16, when each of the runners up will receive £15,000.

“An abundance of applications to be Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 shows the creativity and resilience of museums right around the country, despite the immense challenges of the last two years” said Jenny Waldman, chair of the judges and director of Art Fund. “The five superb finalists are all museums on a mission who are tackling the vital issues of today – from combating the climate emergency to improving literacy or exploring migration – and reaching diverse communities as they do so. Each is working hard to encourage the next generation to get involved, both to inspire them and to equip them with essential skills.” 


Horniman Museum  (above)  During 2021, following a period of self-reflection prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, climate emergency and the murder of George Floyd, the museum reimagined the role it could play as a creative hub for its local community resulting in a transformational Reset Agenda, an ambitious programme focused on re-orientating activity to reach diverse audiences more representative of London.


The Museum of Making opened in Derby in May 2021 following an £18m redevelopment plan at Derby Silk Mill, originally built in 1721 and considered to be the site of the world's first factory. Exploring the story of making in Derby over 300 years, the museum is inspiring the next generation to be makers of the future.


People’s History Museum in Manchester showcases the struggle for equity and equality and provides space to explore contemporary issues through marginalised voices. Stories of radical history and contemporary changemakers are celebrated through a collection of 60,000 objects and the largest collection of political and trade union banners in the world.


The Story Museum in Oxford (main image and above) fires the imaginations of young people through the power of stories. The museum reopened in May 2021 after a £6m redevelopment to bring a host of stories to life in 10 immersive galleries and activity spaces. They have since welcomed 80,000 visitors.


Tŷ Pawb – “Everyone’s House” - in Wrexham creates a community space, a museum in a market with makers, traders and galleries all under one roof. This coexistence celebrates the significance of markets within Wrexham's cultural heritage and identity, saving a traditional space and bringing services and creatives together to make and sell. In 2021 Tŷ Pawb also transformed a gallery into Lle Celf Ddefnyddiol or Useful Art Space for creative workshops, community conversations, play sessions, informal performances and other uses imagined by the local community.

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