Children enjoying a trip to the Corinium Museum.
Children enjoying a trip to the Corinium Museum.

Look what a difference the Kids in Museums Manifesto made to the Corinium Museum!

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The Kids in Museums Manifesto is a valuable tool which can have an enormous effect on your museum, as Amanda Hart at the Corinium Museum found out…

We used the Kids in Museums Manifesto to help us draw up a questionnaire that was given to a group of local parents to complete after visiting the Museum with their toddlers. This helped us discover the areas in most need of improvement. A pre-school class was invited from a local nursery to visit the Museum and their teachers were asked to make observations of the children’s interactions in the galleries to find out what they enjoyed doing.

Based on that research, improvements to the Museum were made which now includes flexible family tickets, a picnic area for lunches during the school holidays to make a visit more affordable, more suitable interactives for under 5s, and a permanent trail for under 5’s. The galleries now have children-sized tables and chairs and a reading corner up on the mezzanine with comfy chairs and cushions.

After making all of the changes in the galleries and fulfilling the criteria for the Kids in Museums manifesto a campaign was launched inviting families to nominate the Museum for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2011. The Museum was selected from over a hundred nominated museums for the longlist and then shortlisted by a panel of renowned museum experts, chaired by Jenny Abramsky, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are all very proud that the Museum made the final six.

2 Responses

  1. Tommy-Lee Chaput-Voyer Says:

    Being aware to make special area for children in Museum by first introduced places made especialy for them,bring in each child a degre of appartenance.
    Put this trust in this important categorie in our society would encourage more the Parents to visits Museum.
    It facilited the going out for the families.
    We always have to keep in mind that THE CHILDREN ARE THE AVENIR OF OUR SOCIETY.
    It’s realy important to give to them the taste of the culture and the right to give their vision in all things.
    And the most they will feel implicate the most they will wants to be associate and learn about history…Arts…etc…
    Those important Museums Institutions Publics like privates have the possibility to make impact in the life of children cause they offer a diversity of culture.And the implications of the children too would add a great impact to the durable development of our Museums.

    Tommy-Lee

  2. SS Says:

    Wonderful to have a manifesto to get kids into museums. In this day and age where kids are getting into the habit of surfing for information, physically getting them to places which make an impact is very important. It’s sensory rich and visiting museums in a group also enriches their social skills. As museums are designed to make kids welcome, the memories such trips create lays a foundation stone for future trips. Instead of sitting at home and playing video games (http://www.jumpstart.com/parents/games) or puzzle games (http://www.mensaforkids.org/play/games/), however educational they might be, kids need to get out and see the multifaceted richness of our world, and where better than a museum!

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