The Peace Museum has been shortlisted for The Best Small Museum Project Award at the Museum Association’s Museums Change Lives Awards 2021. The Museums Change Lives Awards celebrate the achievements of museums that are making a difference to the lives of their audiences and communities across the UK. Peace OUT, our 2019 Peace Museum exhibition which has been developed into an online and travelling exhibition for 2021, has been recognised alongside projects from The Scottish Crannog Centre and The Stirling Smith. 

Peace OUT is a project which works with local LGBTQ+ communities in Bradford to co-create exhibitions and events. It explores peacemaking within the LGBTQ+ community and features the work of LGBTQ+ artists and campaigners. The exhibition is on display at Bradford’s Bread and Roses Cooperative Café until the 29th of October 2021, and can be viewed online at peaceoutexhibition.com.

The Museums Change Lives Awards have four categories: the new Digital Engagement Award, which recognises the best online responses to the coronavirus crisis; the Best Museums Change Lives Project award, which recognises the best project in the past year that reflects one or more of the themes of the Museums Association’s Museums Change Lives campaign; the Best Small Museum Project, which recognises the best project at museums with an annual turnover of less than £320,000; and the Radical Changemaker award, which recognises the achievements of an individual in promoting one or more of the themes of the Museums Change Lives campaign in their museum.

The initial Peace OUT exhibition in The Peace Museum galleries was supported with funding from Museum Development Yorkshire. Peace OUT+ for 2021 was made possible thanks to funding from the Art Fund.

The results of this year’s awards will be announced on Monday 8th November in Liverpool as part of the Museums Association’s annual conference.