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26th April 2010
Birmingham’s Museum of the Jewellery Quarter has won a top national tourism award. It won the Best Small Visitor Attraction in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2010 at an award ceremony in the historic Dome and Corn Exchange in Brighton on Friday April 23rd. It came ahead of Oakham Treasures in Bristol and Harrogate’s Ripley Castle to secure the accolade.
This is not the first awards success for the Museum, it was named Best Small Attraction in last year’s Heart of England Excellence Awards – a scheme celebrating the best tourist attractions in the region.
Two years ago it was named the third best free tourist attraction in Europe by TripAdvisor, behind the Pantheon in Rome and the National Gallery in London.
Cllr Martin Mullaney, Chair of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership, said: “This is a richly deserved award. The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter truly is one of Birmingham’s real gems and deserves this high profile national award.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter has just completed a record breaking year with over 51,000 visitors for 2009-10 – a 50 per cent increase on the previous high.
Museum curator/manager Victoria Emmanuel added: “The museum continues to grow from strength to strength and we’re delighted with this award.
“We obviously focus on the history of Birmingham’s world famous Jewellery Quarter but also look to the future, commissioning new work from exciting local designers. The museum is a real Birmingham success story and can hopefully form part of a winning UK City of Culture bid.”
Find out more about the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.
Read more about the Award on the Enjoy England website.
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