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Soldiers' exhibition up for award
Items in wartime exhibition
More than 150 British soldiers contributed to the exhibition
An exhibition recording the experiences of British soldiers who served in Afghanistan is in the running for the 100,000 Art Fund Prize.

The National Army Museum in London - home to Helmand: The Soldiers' Story - has been long-listed along with nine other UK museums and galleries.

A shortlist will be announced in April and a winner chosen in May.

The prize, funded by charity Art Fund, aims to "stimulate originality and excellence" in museums and galleries.

More than 150 soldiers of 16 Air Assault Brigade - the first Nato troops to enter Helmand - contributed to the exhibition, thought to be the first display of its kind during an ongoing conflict.

THE LONG-LIST
British Empire and Commonwealth Museum (for Breaking the Chains) - Bristol
British Library (for Sacred - Discover What We Share) - London
International Slavery Museum - Liverpool
The Lightbox - Woking
London Transport Museum - London
National Army Museum (for Helmand: The Soldiers' Story) - London
Pier Arts Centre - Stromness, Orkney
Shetland Museum and Archives - Lerwick
Topsham Museum (for River Gallery Project) - Exeter
Wellcome Collection - London

Their contributions include film footage, photographs, letters, personal diaries and e-mails.

Other museums and galleries on the long-list include London Transport Museum, following its 22 million transformation.

The British Library is also on the list for an exhibition bringing together the world's Christian, Jewish and Islamic texts.

Two further exhibitions on the list - at Liverpool's International Slavery Museum and at Bristol's British Empire and Commonwealth Museum - explore the issues of racism, human rights, freedom and identity.

Sue MacGregor, chair of the judges, praised the "imagination and inspiration" of all the 10 venues on the long-list.

"We're going to have an exciting and absorbing time visiting all 10 museums and galleries," she added.

Last year's winner was Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

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