York Castle Museum

Dated: 21/03/2011

Art Fund Prize judge praises museum

The redevelopment of the Yorkshire Museum has received high praise in a blog article by Guardian journalist, Charlotte Higgins.

Higgins visited the museum as one of the judges of the Art Fund Prize 2010, and was highly impressed by both what she saw of the new-look galleries and what she heard from our staff.

She describes our Roman collection as "stupendous" and says the redevelopment "was an inspiring lesson in what you can achieve with very little money – and a great deal of Yorkshire grit."

Meanwhile, fellow judge Jeremy Dellar has made an audio diary of the judges' visit which featured on BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme and includes interviews with Andrew Morrison, our head curator, and Martin Watts, director of knowledge and learning.

The museum, which reopened with a completely new look last August, is one of ten museums and galleries which have been longlisted for the award . All ten are being visited as part of the judging process.

We will find out on 19 May if we have made the shortlist, then the winner will be announced in June and will receive £100,000 to spend on further improvements.

If you agree with Charlotte, vote for us on the online poll. The results of the poll will be used by the judges to assess the level of public support for each museum or gallery.

Read Charlotte Higgins' blog here.

Listen to Jeremy Dellar here.