St. Fagans National Museum of History. Photo: Marc Aktins.

UK’s Museum of the Year Award Goes to St. Fagans National Museum of History

St. Fagans National Museum of History in Wales was named Museum of the Year by the United Kingdom’s Art Fund, a British charity that raises funds to support culture. Comprising more than forty historical buildings located across one hundred acres of parkland, the institution was presented with the approximately $125,000 prize at an award ceremony at the Science Museum in London on Wednesday evening.

The museum—the most visited heritage attraction in Wales—is the first Welsh winner of the prize. “St. Fagans lives, breathes, and embodies the culture and identity of Wales,” Stephen Deuchar, the Art Fund’s director and the prize jury’s chair, said in a statement. Jury member Bridget McConnell added: “Everyone I met and saw at St. Fagans was in constant, lively conversation about their shared history, culture and lived experiences. This is their place—and it is strongly felt on every visit.”

Last year, St. Fagans completed a major revamp that cost roughly $37,000. The museum added new galleries and areas for workshops and restored its 1970s entrance. It was chosen from a shortlist of five institutions that included HMS Caroline in Belfast, Nottingham Contemporary, Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, and V&A Dundee in Scotland by a jury comprising David Batchelor, Brenda Emmanus, Bridget McConnell, and Bill Sherman. Each of the finalists will receive a $12,000 prize in recognition of their achievements.