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These are the UK’s five best small museums right now

From Oxford’s Story Museum to the People’s History Museum in Salford, these cultural institutions are worth celebrating

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

The UK has a heck of a lot of big-hitting museums. And that’s great. But this annual prize from Art Fund celebrates the country’s tinier places. The ones you can get to know really, really well, and which are just a bit off the beaten track. They’re great too.

The shortlist has just been revealed, and the winner will be announced on July 14. It will receive £100,000, while the other four shortlisted museums will each get £15,000.

Among the nominees is the brilliant People’s History Museum in Salford, which explores working-class life, protest and campaigning through stuff like banners and political posters. Also on the list is The Story Museum in Oxford, which delves into everything from fairy tales to comic books.

The Museum of Making, part of Derby Museums, is equally fun. Like the Tŷ Pawb (Everyone’s House) in Wrexham – on the list too – the museum celebrates local skills and craft. Finally, London’s endlessly magical Horniman Museum and Gardens has also been nominated.

Want to find out more about the prize? Visit the Art Fund website here.

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