I went to the announcement of this year’s Museum of the Year Award. Beforehand, the betting had been on the Bethlem Museum of the Mind and the York Art Gallery as very obviously community-oriented, new building projects. The one place I didn’t expect to win was the V&A, not because it doesn’t deserve it, but because I thought it was too large and too obviously privileged. I was wrong. It won for its wonderful Alexander McQueen exhibition, its new Europe 1600-1815 galleries and its pledge to re-open its Circulation Department which existed from its beginning to tour its collection round the country in innovative, small-scale displays which went to art schools and public libraries and was closed down as a result of funding cuts by the Labour Government in 1977.