Glasgow’s Burrell Assortment named 2023 museum of the yr

The Burrell Assortment in Glasgow has been named because the 2023 museum of the yr after judges described it as a world-class treasure trove of objects.


It topped a shortlist of 5 museums across the UK to safe the £120,000 award, the biggest museum prize on the planet.

The artist Sir Grayson Perry introduced the award to Duncan Dornan, the top of museums and collections for Glasgow Life, the charity that manages the gathering, at a ceremony on the British Museum in London on Wednesday night.


Jenny Waldman, the director of the Artwork Fund, which runs the museum of the yr, and chair of the judges, mentioned: “The Burrell Assortment is extraordinary, a world-class assortment displayed in an inspirational constructing, in concord with the encompassing panorama of Pollok nation park.

The Burrell Assortment constructing. {Photograph}: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian


“Reopened in 2022, the delicate renovation and assortment redisplay invite exploration and delight, with progressive digital shows providing new methods of understanding the artwork and objects within the museum’s mild, welcoming areas.

“All this was achieved with a robust shared goal and with the involvement of area people teams in Glasgow … This museum is actually for everybody to take pleasure in.”

The Burrell Assortment is residence to the 9,000-object assortment of Sir William Burrell, a transport service provider, and his spouse, Constance Burrell, who had been avid artwork collectors. Burrell purchased his first portray on the age of 15 with just a few shillings he had been given for a cricket bat.

The gathering consists of one of the crucial vital holdings of Chinese language artwork within the UK, medieval treasures together with stained glass, arms and armour, greater than 200 of the world’s most interesting tapestries, and work by famend French artists together with Manet, Cézanne and Degas.

The museum reopened in March 2022 after a six-year refurbishment that value £68m and was funded by Glasgow metropolis council, the Nationwide Lottery Heritage Fund and the Scottish and UK governments. It’s on a par with the Nationwide Gallery and the V&A in London.

The Warwick vase. {Photograph}: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

The historian Mary Beard, one of many judges, mentioned: “The Burrell Assortment is a treasure trove of objects to find, with every part from one of many UK’s most necessary assortment of Chinese language artwork, to medieval tapestries and stained glass, and artistic endeavors by Rembrandt, Degas and extra.

“They’ve realised, with actual rigour and creativeness, the true depth of what it means for a museum to be accessible.”

Burrell, who was knighted in 1927 for providers to artwork, believed in free training for all and needed the folks of the town to have the ability to entry his artwork assortment. In 1944, the Burrells gave their assortment to the town of Glasgow, specifying it was to be housed the place folks might admire the artwork in a countryside setting.

Highlights of the gathering embody a Fifteenth-century stained glass panel depicting Princess Cecily, the daughter of Edward IV, that was initially displayed in Canterbury Cathedral.

A Ming vase from the 14th century exhibiting a five-clawed dragon and the 2nd-century Warwick vase, discovered within the villa of the emperor Hadrian exterior Rome, are additionally on show.

The opposite shortlisted museums had been Leighton Home in London, the MAC in Belfast, the Pure Historical past Museum in London and Scapa Stream Museum in Orkney. Every will obtain £15,000.

The finalists had been all “on the prime of their sport, providing inspirational collections and programmes for his or her communities, for guests from throughout the UK and around the globe”, mentioned Waldman.