THE WORKERS MUSEUM WINS 2023 COUNCIL OF EUROPE MUSEUM PRIZE
With great joy, the European Museum Forum shares the decision by the CoE on the 2023 Winner of the Council of Europe Museum Prize.
Selected by the Culture Committee, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) meeting on 5 December 2022, the Workers Museum (Copenhagen, Denmark) wins the prize.
Being an important part of the European Museum of the Year Award scheme, the Council of Europe Museum Prize is awarded to a museum which puts particular emphasis on European perspectives and the interplay between local and European identities, on a commitment to and presentation of key values of democracy, human rights, inter-cultural dialogue, of bridging cultures and overcoming social and political borders. For more information on the Council of Europe Museum Prize please visit the Awards section of our website.
The 2023 winners in other categories will be announced on the last day of the EMYA2023 Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony that will take place in Barcelona from 3 to 6 May 2023. More information on the EMYA2023 Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony can be found here.
You can read below the full announcement by the Council of Europe.
Facade of The Workers Museum, The Workers Museum is located in the centre of Copenhagen among late 19th century appartment buildings © Workers Museum
Courtyard: The main entrance to The Workers Museum is in the courtyard behind the front part of the building complex. © The Workers Museum / Photo by Adam Mørk
"Bricklayer for a day" event: Family-oriented holiday event at The Workers Museum involving bricklayer apprentices. © The Workers Museum
THE WORKERS MUSEUM (COPENHAGEN, DENMARK) WINS 2023 COUNCIL OF EUROPE MUSEUM PRIZE
05/12/2022 Culture, Science, Education and Media
The 2023 Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded to the Workers Museum (Copenhagen, Denmark). The museum was selected by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting today.
The Workers Museum collects, researches and communicates the development of living and working conditions for Danish wage workers during the past 150 years, and the development of the Danish labour movement. It combines the history of this symbolic building and the history of the Danish Labour movement with present-day concerns about how workers’ culture could be more relevant to society.
According to the committee's representative for the Museum Prize, Roberto Rampi (Italy, SOC), the museum “raises the themes of dialogue, the future development of democracy, climate change, an equal society, the labour market and political activism; it provides spaces for meetings and encourages people to gather. The museum has the potential to become a beacon of activism, as it was in the past.”
The Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded annually since 1977 to a museum judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding of European cultural heritage, the promotion of respect for human rights and democracy, bridging cultures, overcoming social and political borders, broadening visitors' knowledge and understanding of contemporary societal issues and exploring ideas of democratic citizenship.
The prize forms part of the European Museum of the Year Awards. Recent winners of the prize include Nano Nagle Place in Cork (2022), the Gulag History Museum in Moscow (2021) and the National Museum of Secret Surveillance “House of Leaves” in Tirana (2020).