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St Fagans is the first Welsh recipient of Art Fund Museum of the Year

Wales’ most visited heritage attraction, St Fagans National Museum of History has been announced as the winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, the most important museum prize in the world.

The winner was chosen from five finalists: HMS Caroline (Belfast), Nottingham Contemporary, Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford), St Fagans National Museum of History (Cardiff) and V&A Dundee. Each of the other finalist museums receives a £10,000 prize in recognition of their achievements.

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, the UK arts fundraising charity, and chair of the judges, said St Fagans was “a monument to modern museum democracy”, noting that its transformation involved the direct participation of thousands of visitors and volunteers. “[It] stands as one of the most welcoming and engaging museums anywhere in the UK,” he said. outstanding museum, which, in the opinion of the judges, has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement across the preceding 12 months. It is the largest arts award in Britain and the most prestigious museum award in the world.

Art Fund awards the prize annually to one outstanding museum, which, in the opinion of the judges, has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement across the preceding 12 months. It is the largest arts award in Britain and the most prestigious museum award in the world.

When delivering this project, our vision for St Fagans was for it to be recognised locally and further afield as the definitive place that hosts and facilitates multiple perspectives on the experiences that have shaped, and those that continue to shape Wales. It is a space where everyone is invited to get involved in “making history, to make a difference, together”.