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Abbey museum nominated for award
Dorchester Abbey
The 1,400-year-old abbey attracts about 25,000 visitors a year
A museum which tells the story of a medieval abbey has been nominated for a prestigious arts award.

Dorchester Abbey Museum in Oxfordshire is one of ten museums and galleries from across the UK competing for this year's 100,000 Gulbenkian Prize.

The prize recognises "imagination, innovation and excellence" in work undertaken during the previous year.

The judges, lead by Professor Robert Winston, will announce a shortlist of four in April and a winner on 25 May.

The 1,400-year-old Dorchester Abbey is located in the village of Dorchester-on-Thames.

The abbey gets about 25,000 visitors annually while the museum in the adjoining Abbey Guest House, attracts about 5,000.

Run entirely by volunteers on a budget of 3,000, the museum houses collections and displays relating to the village and abbey.

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