William Morris Gallery wins Museum of the Year Prize

Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery has won the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year prize, which ‘highlights the innovative and creative ways that museums bring objects and collections to life’, focusing on activity that took place last year.

The William Morris Gallery

Source: c. Pringle Richards Sharratt

The William Morris Gallery

The gallery, which is devoted to the life and work of Victorian artist William Morris, underwent a £10 million revamp by architect Pringle Richards Sharratt and reopened in August 2012. It receives a £100,000 prize.

Thomas Manss & Company worked with the architects as specialist consultants for signage and exhibition graphics for the museum.

Thomas Manss, consultancy founder, says, ‘The success
 of the William Morris Gallery refurbishment shows what can be achieved when architects, exhibition and graphic designers collaborate with a single goal in mind: to create an inspiring experience for the museum visitor. We are absolutely thrilled to have been part of the team, that contributed to the success of this outstanding jewel of the museum’s world.’

The £10,000 Clore Award for Learning, which recognises achievements in learning programmes for children and young people, was awarded to The Hepworth Wakefield.

The judges said of the Hepworth Wakefield, ‘The integration of curatorial and learning programmes – which so many museums attempt – has rarely been achieved so completely and impressively as at The Hepworth Wakefield. It is educational, aspirational, and inspirational to the core.’

The full list of nominations can be viewed here

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