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PHM in Top Eight of European Museums

PHM in Top Eight of European Museums

30 May 2012

European Museum of the Year Award 2012

The work of the People’s History Museum, Manchester has received a Special Commendation by a European panel of judges at the European Museum of the Year Awards (EMYA) 2012.  The museum was one of only four museums in Europe to receive the accolade, reserved for the most innovative and enterprising museums in Europe.

The prize was awarded to the museum ‘for its excellence and creativity in making quite a complex theme – the history of working people in Britain and the struggle for democracy – accessible and appealing to a wide international audience.’

The People’s History Museum was thrilled to receive the Special Commendation 2012 from the EMYA Judging Panel at the awards ceremony held on Saturday 19 May at the Municipal Museum of Penafiel, Portugal.  This is the museum’s first international award.

The museum was one of 46 museums from across Europe shortlisted for the EMYA award and the only UK based museum to win an award at the ceremony.  The European Museum of the Year Award 2012 was awarded to The Museo de Madinat al-Zahra in Cordoba in Spain.

Katy Archer, Director of the museum said, ‘The People’s History Museum was very proud to have made the shortlist for the European Museum of the Year Award 2012, alongside so many other fantastic museums and galleries from across Europe.  The Museo de Madinat al-Zahra were a deserving winner and we send them our congratulations!’

‘The museum was delighted to have won a Special Commendation.  This is a fantastic achievement for the museum and for all the team who were involved in its recent redevelopment. Being presented with the special commendation is a particular recognition of the innovative nature of the only museum to tell the story of the development of democracy in the UK.  This award brings the People’s History Museum to centre stage within the European museum scene and celebrates the public quality of our work with a wide range of local communities and the impact we also have nationally and internationally.’

The EMYA Judging Panel commented ‘EMYA judges noted the impressive learning and events programme that focus on ideas of democracy, citizenship and human rights in the past and in the present providing links between historic and contemporary issues, both within Britain and on a European level.’

Cath Birchall, the museum’s Deputy Director, attended the ceremony and collected the award on behalf of the museum. Cath said, ‘I was proud and delighted to receive this award on behalf of my colleagues at this awe inspiring awards ceremony in Penafiel, Portugal.  It was fantastic to have the museum’s work praised and celebrated by an international judging panel of museum professionals from all over Europe.’

There were a number of awards presented at the event and you can find out more details on the European Museum Forum (EMF).