‘The Life and Works of Alan Turing’ Bletchley Park exhibition nominated for prestigious Art Fund Prize 2012
Released : Feb 9, 2012
The Bletchley Park Trust is very proud to confirm that it has today been longlisted for the Art Fund Prize 2012, the UK’s annual ‘museum of the year’ award, and the biggest prize for arts and cultural organisations in the country. Ten museums in total across the country are in with the chance to win £100,000 and the prestigious award, which will be announced on 19 June 2012.
Bletchley Park has been nominated for its new exhibition ‘The Life and Works of Alan Turing’ developed following a high-profile public campaign last year to save a rare collection of Alan Turing’s work for the nation. The collection was secured for Bletchley Park after an exciting collaboration of the public, the private sector and the public sector to provide the funding package required.
Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, welcomed the announcement saying, “It is an enormous privilege for the Bletchley Park Trust that the Turing Exhibition has been long‐listed for this highly prestigious award. I am delighted that this nomination, very fittingly in the Turing Centenary Year, will bring greater attention to the short but brilliant life and work of Alan Turing.”
Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chair of the Judges, said: “Whittling the achievements of Britain’s museums over the past year down to a list of ten was an unbelievably challenging task. The outstanding quality of the projects that we finally settled on, however, perfectly encapsulates the vitality and dynamism of a part of our nation’s cultural life that continues to innovate, push boundaries and engage the public, even in these straitened times.”
The ten longlisted museums are:
• Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks.: The Life and Works of Alan Turing
• M Shed, Bristol: A New Museum for Bristol
• National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Development
• Riverside Museum, Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow: Riverside Museum
• Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon: RAMM Development Project
• The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire: The Hepworth Wakefield
• The Holburne Museum, Bath, Somerset: The Holburne Museum Development Project
• The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh: Portrait of the Nation
• Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent: Turner Contemporary
• Watts Gallery, Guildford, Surrey: The Watts Gallery Hope Project
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•Cost of the Annual Season Ticket is:
Concessions: (Over 60's and students with valid ID.) £10.00
Children 12 to 16: £6.00
Children under 12: (with friends and family only. Groups of children with clubs, such as Cub Scouts, should contact us in advance) Free of Charge
Family Ticket: (Two adults + Two children aged 12 to 16) £26.00
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