2010 Short List
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Long List 2010
These are the eleven museums and galleries chosen by the Judges to form the 2010 long list announced on 18 February.
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
An ambitious redevelopment of one of the great university museums of the world that extends and enhances public access to its remarkable collections of art and archaeology.
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
The transformation of a fifty-four acre site, part of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, which interprets life in a typical town of the East Shropshire Coalfield around 1900.
Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle
Three outstanding collections of natural history, Roman and Anglo-Saxon archaeology and Greek and Etruscan Art and Archaeology have been combined for the first time to create a major new museum for the North of England.
Hampton Court Palace, London for
Henry VIII: heads and hearts
In 2009 Historic Royal Palaces celebrated the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession with the most ambitious programme of exhibitions, events, displays and preparatory conservation work that it had ever staged at the King’s former royal residence.
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
A long-established regional museum has been transformed through a major redevelopment which is reaching new audiences and has become a fresh focus for local pride.
The Leach Pottery, St Ives
The rescue and restoration of the most influential studio pottery in the world, founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in the Cornish fishing village of St Ives.
The National Army Museum, London, for
Conflicts of Interest
A new exhibition exploring the impact of 40 years of conflict on Britain’s soldiers and civilians worldwide is designed to capture history as it happens and to allow visitors to contribute to its evolution.
The Natural History Museum, London, for the Darwin Centre
An awe inspiring new public space and state-of-the-art science and collections facility that allows visitors to explore world-class science in action. The most significant expansion at the Natural History Museum since it moved to South Kensington in 1881.
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
The important scientific collections of the 200-year old Royal Institution have been brought to life in a new exhibition as part of a major refurbishment and enlargement of the Grade I listed building, supporting the Institution’s mission of making science accessible to all.
The rebirth of a long-established local authority gallery as a stunning new public art space for Eastbourne and the leading centre for visual arts in the South East.
The Ulster Museum, Belfast
Part of the National Museums Northern Ireland, the Ulster Museum has reopened following a three-year redevelopment that has fundamentally reshaped the character of this major museum.