The 200,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year prize, announced last night, is a reminder of the extraordinary impact museums have on communities in Britain ' from revitalising a village in the far-flung Scottish Highlands to providing thousands of children and young people in South London with an arts education for over a century.Before the pandemic hit, more than half the population visited a museum every year ' to find inspiration and joy, for solace and to de-stress, to learn and be together. Although many museums have gradually reopened since July, attendance figures have been a fraction, in some cases only 10%, of pre-COVID times. Social distancing measures, the decimation of international tourism, and reduced local visitors have meant fewer people through the doors. And as many museums are charities raising a large proportion of their funding themselves, small audience numbers mean enormous loss of income. Click here to read full news..