Numbers took an instant rise in the week following the award, with 12,000 people visiting on a single day. Staff report that they have received press and media interest from across the world.
Announcing the award at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on 26th May, Chairman of the Judges, Sir Richard Sykes said:
“Big Pit offers an exceptional emotional and intellectual experience. It tells the individual stories of its community better than any museum I have visited and makes you contemplate the scale, and even the cruelty, of our industrial past which inspired a spirit of camaraderie and pride..”