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Dahl museum up for 100,000 prize
Roald Dahl
The Dahl museum is among 10 on the longlist
A museum dedicated to author Roald Dahl, best known for books such as Charlie and Chocolate Factory, has been nominated for a 100,000 arts prize.

The museum, based in Great Missenden, Bucks, is one of 10 museums competing for the Gulbenkian prize, the largest single arts award in the UK.

Other nominees include the Cambridge and County Folk Museum and London's Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms.

A shortlist will be announced in April and the winner revealed in May.

Cambridge and County Folk Museum
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, London
Dorchester Abbey Museum, Dorchester-on-Thames
Hunterian Museum, London
Museum of Flight, East Lothian
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Bucks
The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire, Lincoln
SS Great Britain, Bristol
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Others on the list include the Dorchester Abbey Museum, for its display of medieval stones, and Bristol dockyard museum SS Great Britain, on one of the UK's most historic ships.

The Museum of Flight in East Lothian, which tells the story of Concorde, and the Hunterian Museum in London, containing the oldest medical collections in the world, are also up for the prize.

Chair of the judges, Lord Winston, said: "This year's longlist shows how museums and galleries, large and small, throughout the country are continuing to innovate and explore the boundaries.

"We, the judges, face a thrilling if difficult task ahead of us as we visit them over the coming months."

Last year's prize was won by the Big Pit: National Coal Museum, a preserved coal mine in Wales.

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