Cheshire-based exhibition design agency Mather & Co has been nominated twice in the 2015 European Museum of the Year Awards. Both the acclaimed National Football Museum in Manchester and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne have made the shortlist, which was announced at the end of 2014.

Managing Director Chris Mather said: “This is the first time that we have been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award, and to be acknowledged twice couldn’t be any better. It brings to a close a fantastic year for us, and the work we do continues to go from strength to strength.

“Both projects were great to work on, and our relationship with each museum is still going strong. In fact, we opened our latest temporary exhibition design at the National Football Museum – The Greater Game: Football in the First World War – in December.”

The National Football Museum opened in the re-developed Urbis building in the centre of Manchester in 2012. It has since received over 1 million visitors and has been acknowledged for bringing up to £16.8 million to the local economy. The interactive and participatory nature of the museum has been a big hit with visitors, who have appreciated the variety of kicking a football to exploring the rich history of the sport.

While in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Olympic Museum is just about to reach 230,000 visitors in its first year. Mather & Co was responsible for redeveloping all three floors of the new museum overlooking Lake Geneva, bringing out the Olympic ideals while celebrating the sports and athletes from both the Winter and Summer Games. It has since become a must-see attraction for tourists across the world.

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