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Top arts prize judges visit abbey
Dorchester Abbey
The 1,400-year-old abbey is run on a budget of 3,000
Judges are visiting a rural Oxfordshire museum to decide whether it should win a prestigious 100,000 arts award.

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

On Wednesday a panel of experts will visit the abbey for the first round of judging for the top arts prize.

They will be looking for "imagination, innovation and excellence" in work undertaken during the previous year.

25,000 visitors

The panel of judges include Diane Lees, the director of the V&A Museum of Childhood and Dan Snow, the presenter of the BBC series Battlefield Britain as well as the Trafalgar celebrations.

The judges 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.

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