Jewish Museum London wins Museums Change Lives Award

The Jewish Museum London has won the Museums Change Lives Award, given by the Museums Association, for their exhibition 'Jews, Money, Myth'.

The judges determined that the exhibition was “brave, fascinating and timely”, based on ground-breaking new research as well as community engagement. 

Morgan Wadsworth-Boyle, curator at the Jewish Museum London, said: "Winning the Museums Change Lives Award is a huge honour for us and our partners on this exhibition. 'Jews, Money, Myth' was done in close partnership with the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck University. "We are a small museum and the Museums Change Lives Award will help put us on the map for the wider community and help us create more vital projects in the future."

The shortlist for the Museums Change Lives Award included Glasgow Women’s Library, the Scottish Maritime Museum, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and Time and Tide Museum.

Awards were given for anumber of categories at the Museums Association Conference at the end of September 2019, with the theme 'Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World'. Other awards included:

Best Small Museum Award – Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar, Yorkshire for its co-curated project Steel Stories, celebrating local iron and steel heritage. The shortlist included Totnes Elizabethan House Museum for Totnes’ Women’s Voices 1918-2018 and the Museum of Cardiff for its Memory Boxes initiative.

Radical Changemaker Award – Victoria Rogers, manager of the Museum of Cardiff for "putting social impact at the core of everything she does" including steps to make the museum a dementia-friendly service, engaging more diverse audiences, and working with people in the local area to explore challenging aspects of the city’s history. Shortlisted were Bridget McKenzie, founder of Climate Museum UK, for her environmental activism and Ellie Miles, curator at London Transport Museum for promoting diversity and inclusion in the museum’s contemporary collecting practice.

The Judges’ Award for Environmental Sustainability – Leeds Museums and Galleries for Beavers to Weavers, an exhibition about the way in which animals use only what they need from their environment. The exhibition took a similarly sustainable approach, using recycled materials in the exhibition design, sourcing materials that would otherwise have been wasted, and explaining these decisions to visitors. Shortlisted were the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Beat Plastic Pollution campaign and Manchester Museum’s Harlequin Frog Conservation Project.

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