This tiny museum is up for Art Fund Museum of the Year

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Image: Lee Allen

A tiny museum in the city is taking on London’s Tate Modern for £100,000 Museum of the Year prize.

The Lapworth Museum of Geology, which is based at the University of Birmingham, is one of the five contenders up for winning the title of Art Fund Museum of the Year.

Containing the region’s finest collections of fossils, volcanic rocks, dinosaur bones and other rare specimens, the Lapworth has been in the Aston Webb building at the university’s Edgbaston campus for nearly a century.

In 2015, Birmingham-based Associated Architects carried out a major renovation of the museum, which improved the collection’s accessibility using new methods of display and provided dedicated facilities for school and community groups.

The Tate is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art and forms part of the Tate group. Currently showing a major retrospective of works by David Hockney, Tate Modern welcomes more than five million visitors each year.

The other contenders on the shortlist for the award are the Hepworth Wakefield, Sir John Soane’s Museum and The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket, which was opened by the Queen last November.

Images: Lee Allen

The Lapworth Museum is now asking visitors to share selfies, other photographs and comments of the museum through social media to tell Art Fund judges why they think it should win the award.

The winning museum will receive £100,000, whilst the other shortlisted museums will receive £10,000 each with the winner to be announced on July 5.

To share your experience and comments of the Lapworth with the Art Fund, simply tag @artfund and @LapworthMuseum with the hashtags #museumoftheyear and #lapworthrocks. 

Art Fund will be offering a weekly prize of a National Art Pass and a museum goody bag for their favourite post (across all five museums). The Lapworth will also award a prize to favourite posts each week.