Museum of the Year

Museum of the Year


The Hepworth art gallery in Wakefield looks like a beautiful place to visit. So is that enough? Or do museums need to do more to attract and entrance visitors, not least if they’re to have a chance of luring us (and crucially youngsters) off sofas and away from screens of a weekend?

Here, BBC2 televises the prize for institutions around the country whose staff and curators are doing the best job. Last year’s winner was the V&A in London, and its director Tristram Hunt (the former shadow Education Secretary) presents the coverage, which should allow us to sample the pleasures of some particularly fine museums and galleries without, er, leaving our sofas.

As well as the Hepworth, also in the running are Tate Modern – with its dramatic new extension – and Sir John Soane’s Museum in London; the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket; and Birmingham's Lapworth Museum of Geology.


Tristram Hunt, the newly appointed director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, presents coverage of Art Fund's 2017 Museum of the Year ceremony. This year, the finalists are London's Tate Modern and John Soane Museum, the Newmarket Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, Birmingham's Lapworth Museum of Geology, and the Hepworth art gallery in Wakefield. In 2016, the V&A claimed the coveted award, and here, Tristram seeks tips and advice on maintaining its lofty reputation from those responsible for running the museums up for recognition this year.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tristram Hunt
Director John O'Rourke
Executive Producer Janet Lee