Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge has got just a few days left to beat off stiff competition to win £100,000. It is one of only four museums in the country shortlisted to win the prestigious Art Fund Prize. The Museum is encouraging people to get on line and vote as soon as possible as the voting closes at 5pm on Friday 18th June
The on-line poll has been set up to help the judges choose which museum will win the £100,000 prize money. Steve Miller, Chief Executive of The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is asking everyone to support the museum by going on-line to www.artfundprize.org.uk and registering a vote for Blists Hill Victorian Town. Steve Miller explained: “It will only take people a few seconds to vote, but it really could make the difference between whether we win £100,000 or not. We are incredibly proud that our museum has made it to the final four and delighted by the support already give by people from all over the world. To actually go on and win would be amazing.”
Blists Hill has already beaten off incredibly stiff opposition from museums from all around the UK. Broadcaster Kirsty Young is the Chair of the judging panel and she explained that is has been: “a very challenging task to select only four to go forward to the short list. Our visits have been eye-opening and the exceptional quality of the long list has meant that we’ve been spoilt for choice.”
Blists Hill Victorian Town is now competing with museums in Belfast, Oxford and Coventry to win the Art Fund Prize.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 30th June at The Royal Institution of British Architects in London.
To vote click here: www.artfundprize.org.uk/2010/vote/
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