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National Maritime Museum Cornwall has won the 2014 Family Friendly Museum, beating a six-strong shortlist to sail away with the accolade of Britain’s most family friendly museum.
Kids in Museums Patron Dan Snow, broadcaster and historian, say, ‘The Family Friendly Museum Award goes from strength to strength, giving a real voice to families about choosing what works in a museum for them. It’s fantastic that National Maritime Museum Cornwall has won the award. Britain is a seafaring nation, and the museum tells the story of our relationship with the sea which makes it fascinating for families and children of all ages. If museums throughout the country could tell stories of our shared history this well, we’d have a whole generation of young people who’d be museum goers and historians. We’d also have young people who could imagine new and better futures, inspired by the stories of the past.’
There must be something in the Cornish water. It’s the second time a museum has won the Award from the town of Falmouth, Cornwall. The Falmouth Art Gallery won the Family Friendly Museum Award eight years ago. National Maritime Museum Cornwall picked up the prize after being shortlisted last year.
This year’s six shortlisted museums were visited secretly by undercover family judges. The families measured the museum against the Kids in Museums Manifesto – 20 ways to make a museum family friendly – compiled entirely from visitors’ comments. After sneaking around and reporting back their findings, they picked National Maritime Museum Cornwall. The museums received the award at a star-studded ceremony at the Telegraph newspaper. Read more about it on our website and in the Telegraph’s site. See the full shortlist here.
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