Our team: Digby Hebbard
Fladgate LLP is delighted that the Victoria & Albert Museum won The Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner and ceremony on 6 July at the Natural History Museum, London.
The annual museum prize, the largest in the world, recognises the outstanding innovation, imagination and achievements of one museum throughout the preceding year. The V&A was one of five finalists including: Arnolfini (Bristol), Bethlem Museum of the Mind (London), Jupiter Artland (Edinburgh), and York Art Gallery (Yorkshire).
V&A Director Martin Roth said: “We are truly honoured to be awarded Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016. It is fantastic to be recognised for our many achievements last year, from the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries – the £12.5 million project which completed the restoration of the entire front section of the Museum – to the cutting edge public programme, headlined of course by the record-breaking ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition. Winning this award is a perfect way to thank everyone who has made these successes possible: our staff, visitors, funders, and our many partners and colleagues across organisations around the world. I would like to thank the judges for acknowledging the V&A during this truly exciting period of our growth, and I congratulate all the other shortlisted museums who so ably demonstrate the richness and variety of the UK’s unique arts and culture scene.”
Fladgate construction partner Digby Hebbard, who advises the V&A on its major projects, commented: “We are delighted that the V&A has been recognised as one of the best museums in the world. What is particularly satisfying is that much of the museum’s success in the past year has been due to the European Galleries major restoration project on which we advised.”
Fladgate has an established practice acting for public attraction clients, including Merlin Entertainments plc and the Science Museum. In addition, some of the firm’s earliest instructions relate to this sector, including acting as solicitors to the Commissioners for the Great Exhibition of 1851, and an instruction from Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in 1862, to help set up the Smithsonian Institution.