Lapworth Museum shows judges for Art Fund Museum of the Year that ‘geology rocks’

Judges for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 award, the world’s largest prize for museums, visited Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum of Geology on Monday 12th June for an exclusive, interactive tour.

One of five finalists in the running for the award, the University of Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum, hosted the judges, who include Professor Richard Deacon CBE, Dr Hartwig Fischer, Munira Mirza, and Jo Whiley, as well as Art Fund’s Director Stephen Deuchar.

Dudley Bug Trilobite

The judges were treated to an exclusive tour of the museum, which is home to one of the UK’s most important geological collections, and presented with their own 3D printed replicas of the famous Dudley Bug – a 428 million year old trilobite.

From diamonds to dinosaurs; the museum which is free of charge, inspires and engages the public with treasures from the natural world.  The museum also provides sessions in an interactive educational room for groups of school children.

Jon Clatworthy, Director of the Museum, said: “It was a pleasure to host the judges today and to showcase the breadth and diversity of the geological collections the Lapworth has to offer. Our visitors can walk through time at the Lapworth and gain unique insight into 4.5 billion years of history through digital technologies and interactive displays.

“The last year has been truly transformative for us with a major redevelopment project propelling the museum into the 21st century and making it accessible to a diverse new audience. We believe that this interface between academic research in geology and the general public is truly unique and we are honoured to be recognised by the Art Fund.”

The winning museum, which will receive £100,000, will be announced at a ceremony at the British Museum on Wednesday 5 July 2017.

[Cover Photo: Professor Richard Deacon, Jo Whiley, Dr Stephen Deuchar, Munira Mirza and Dr Hartwig Fischer.]

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