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WATCH: Highland Timespan museum in running for prestigious £100k Artfund award

By Caroline McMorran

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Timespan Museum and Art Centre is in the running for a prestigious award.

The Helmsdale cultural institution is on the shortlist for the 2021 Art Fund Museum of the Year Award.

A celebration of the UK's museums and galleries, the 2021 prize will reflect the resilience and imagination of museums throughout the pandemic.

Timespan is up against four other museums in Londonderry, Barnsley, Colchester and Leeds.

The winning museum will be announced during the week commencing September 20 and will receive £100,000. The other four shortlisted museums will each receive £15,000.

Art Fund director Jenny Waldman said it had been incredible to see how museums had overcome the challenges of the past year.

She said: "Our five finalists are deeply embedded in their communities and have shown extraordinary innovation and resolve."

Timespan comprises a local history museum, contemporary art programme, public archive, geology and herb gardens, shop, bakery and cafe. It commissions four major projects a year.

Timespan's Board chairwoman Jean Sargent said the museum team had worked with the village's resilience group during lockdown to "provide enlightenment, entertainment and solace to everyone in the community".

Gairloch Museum won a share of the prize last year.

Gairloch Museum wins 'Oscar' with Art Fund accolade

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