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The 10th anniversary Kids in Museums Manifesto is published today [15th January]. In the first Kids in Museums Manifesto six years ago, visitors demanded breast feeding facilities. Now that demand has been deleted from the list. Instead, there’s a brand new point among the 20 ways to make a museum more family friendly –
Begin at birth. It’s never too early to visit a museum. They’re social, sensory, stimulating places – perfect for babies.
The Kids in Museums Manifesto is compiled entirely from visitors’ comments. Broadcaster, historian and new father Dan Snow, Kids in Museums Patron, says, ‘As a new dad I know a museum visit can seem quite intimidating with a baby. But it can be a great experience for all the family. Perhaps because my daughter Zia almost arrived in the British Museum, where my wife went into labour, she has shown a great love of museums ever since, favouring places where there is plenty to touch! I recommend all new parents to take the plunge.’
The 10th anniversary Kids in Museums Manifesto was launched at the Royal Academy at a star-studded party to celebrate Kids in Museums 10th birthday. Poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen blew out the candles on a giant Quentin Blake birthday cake.
Kids in Museums was founded in 2003 when journalist Dea Birkett’s family was thrown out of the Royal Academy of Arts because her two-year-old son shouted ‘Monster!’ at an Aztec statue which looked rather like … well … a monster. There was a huge public outcry – and Kids in Museums was born. Now Kids in Museums works with museums to make them more family and child friendly, in particular for those who have never visited before. And exactly ten years after the family was thrown out for being too noisy, Kids in Museums and the Royal Academy joined forces at Monday night’s party to shout about how good it is to include young people.
For further information, interviews and images (including the giant Quentin Blake cake) just email [email protected] or call 020 7250 8338.