The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013 has been awarded to the Museum of Liverpool (United Kingdom) by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The museum traces the social, economic and political history of a city which is one of the most socially diverse in Britain. According to the committee, the museum has an outstanding capacity to get people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities involved and promotes in a strong and convincing form Council of Europe core values and the importance of "living together in dignity”.
The Museum of Liverpool provides an exemplary recognition of human rights in museum practice, the committee underlines. The interaction with local community is excellent, with numerous activities involving children, young people, families and the elderly. It promotes mutual respect between ethnically and socially diverse parts of society, addresses human rights through contemporary debates and dialogue and maintains an open and inclusive policy aimed at bridging cultures in every aspect of its work.
The Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded annually since 1977 to a museum judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding of European cultural heritage.
The winning museum will be presented with a bronze statuette, “La femme aux beaux seins” by Joan Miró, which the museum will keep for a year, as well as a diploma.
The prize is decided by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on the basis of a shortlist presented by a jury of the European Museum Forum, and forms part of the European Museum of the Year Awards. Recent winners include the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany (2012); the Portimão Museum in Portugal (2010) and the Zeeuws Museum in the Netherlands (2009).