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Narberth Museum nominated for 'top arts prize'

A museum in west Wales which reopened nine years after volunteers launched a campaign to find it a home has been shortlisted for the UK's richest arts prize.

Narberth Museum, in Pembrokeshire faced an uncertain future when it was forced to close its doors in 2003 following the sale of its home. But it reopened last summer, in a former whisky and brandy warehouse, after volunteers spent eight years raising funds.

The museum began work on the museum in January 2012 Credit: Steve Hole

The museum, which celebrates the history of the Welsh market town and is mainly run by volunteers.

It is one of ten nominees for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year:

  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
  • The Beaney, Canterbury
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
  • The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
  • Museum Of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
  • Narberth Museum, Pembrokeshire
  • Preston Park Museum and Grounds, Stockton-on-Tees
  • William Morris Gallery, London
The museum reopened last summer after months of work by volunteers Credit: Tim Plumb TP10

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at the V&A in London on June 4th.

The quality and diversity of the UK's museums and galleries is truly exceptional and the job of this prize is to draw attention to that.

As the national charity for art, we hope that, by shining a light on the 10 finalists, we'll encourage people to visit and celebrate these bright beacons of culture across the UK.

– Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director

The prize was won last year by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.