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ArtFund Judges Visit Museum

Hertford Museum has been long-listed for a prestigeous ArtFund prize, awarded annually to a museum or gallery for excellence and innovation. This year’s listing is in recognition of the museum’s development project, which was completed last year, following a £1m lottery grant.

Members of the judging panel today visited the museum to see for themselves why it merits inclusion in the list, alongside the British Museum and the V&A.

The judges are shown around the museum by trustee Colin Harris (second left) and curator Helen Giles (far right)

Chairman of the judging panel, Michael Portillo, was joined by Charlotte Higgins,  Chief Arts Writer for The Guardian, and Lars Tharp, ceramics historian and art consultant.

As well as being shown around the museum, the judges were also able to see the museum’s store of items at the nearby Seed Warehouse.

Lars Tharp discusses Spanish ceramics with Michael Portillo

They also saw the work carried out by both paid staff and volunteers, including the restoration and preservation of items in the museum’s collection.

Charlotte Higgins chats to one of the museum’s volunteers in the attic

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