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Kenneth Hudson founded the European Museum of the Year award in 1977.

He was born in London in 1916. He worked as a BBC journalist and broadcaster, authored over 50 books, on everything from feminism and pawnbroaking to the first monograph in English on Industrial Archaeology. He was a supporter and leading interpreter of the change which took place in museums in the 1970s and 1980s when they became more outward looking, giving the experience of visitors as much attention as stewardship of the collection - what he called 'public quality'.

Please see our History section to watch the videos capturing some of his insights from a lifetime of working to make museums more innovative and responsive to the public.

Kenneth Hudson