The Victoria & Albert Museum has pledged to support smaller museums across the country after being named the Museum of the Year 2016.


The judges said the London-based V&A had "indisputably become one of the best museums in the world".


It was announced as the winner by the Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum.


The £100,000 prize is the world's biggest museum prize and the largest single arts prize in the UK.


Martin Roth, the V&A's director, said he was "totally overwhelmed" at the win and that it was a compliment to the work of the museum's staff.'


"There are a lot of smaller museums that do any amazing job," he told the guests


"We thought it's great to be there on the shortlist, but the other ones deserve the prize and the money."


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