Quilt Museum long-listed for prestigious museum award.

Published: Friday, 17th February 2012 15:03 PM

The Quilt Museum and Gallery in York has been long-listed for the prestigious Art Fund Prize Clore Award for Museum Learning. This is a national competition that seeks to showcase the best, and most innovative, museum-based learning projects. It focuses on recognising quality learning projects aimed at children and young people and carries with it a first prize of £10,000. The prize is sponsored by the Art Fund and the Clore Duffield Foundation.

The Quilt Museum and Gallery have been long-listed for the Heritage Lottery funded project Unfolding the Quilts which engaged with over 7,000 young people and helped to recruit and train over 180 volunteers. The project ran from 2008 to 2011 and created a vibrant cultural and creative programme at the Museum along with creating a community of volunteers who help the museum in its operations. To have been long-listed for the award is fantastic news as it shows that small, independent museums are often at the forefront of delivering quality education and youth engagement programmes.

The short-list will be announced in May and the winner at an event at the British Museum on 19 June 2012. The decision will be made by a panel of judges from the world of museums and the arts.