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Museum of the Year: £200,000 prize split five ways amid ‘financial peril’

On the north-west coast of Scotland, Gairloch Museum made a £2.4m move into a Cold War anti-aircraft command centre last year, which, according to The Art Fund, “transformed a village eyesore into an important visitor attraction”. Curator Karen Buchanan said she hoped the recognition would bring “our small, independent museum to the national stage”. She added: “With the prize money, we will be able to invest in our planned outdoor museum space and procure expertise and equipment to redesign our events and outreach programme for a sustainable, digital future.”

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