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Museum of the Year Finalist - The Lapworth Museum

Last Updated: 19th Oct 2017

By Roy Starkey

Great news for geology and the earth sciences!

The Lapworth Museum of Geology

The Lapworth has been shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017, along with Tate Modern, The Hepworth Wakefield, Sir John Soane's Museum, and The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art.

You can see more about the museum here - (http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/index.aspx )

The Lapworth Museum of Geology

and in my previous Mindat article here https://www.mindat.org/article.php/2372/Lapworth+Museum+of+Geology+reopens+after+an+extensive+%C2%A32.7+million+redevelopment

You can see a short video featuring the finalists here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKqJtelCcxc

Representatives from the Museum attended an event at the British Museum last week, when the shortlist was announced live on the BBC Radio 4 Front Row programme. There was immediate press coverage and lots of mentions of David vs Goliath particularly in connection with Lapworth – Tate Modern. The Daily Telegraph and the FT and particular The Guardian and BBC have all given the story good coverage. There will be more coverage over the coming weeks.

We now have a 2 month campaign to promote the museum leading up to the final decision. This is where you can help.

We are asking all visitors and people who know the Lapworth to: share selfies and other photographs, experiences, comments, and reviews of the Lapworth on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tell the Art Fund judges why you think we should win.

See https://www.artfund.org/news/2017/04/27/art-fund-museum-of-the-year-2017-social for details of how to do this.

If you are able to join in, please tag both Art Fund (@artfund) and Lapworth Museum (@LapworthMuseum) and use the hashtags #museumoftheyear and #lapworthrocks.

The Art Fund will be offering a weekly prize of a National Art Pass and a museum goody bag for their favourite post (across all five museums). The Lapworth will also award a prize to a favourite post each week.

The Lapworth Museum of Geology

It would also be appreciated if you could spread the word to your friends and contacts / Societies, and ask them to get involved.

Thanks for your support – fingers crossed for a good result. It would be really great to see a “science” museum, especially a geological one, win the Museum of the Year Award.

p.s. Here's a new post on the Museum website http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/afmy-2017-finalist.aspx


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