Winner of the 2015 Family Friendly Museum Award Announced

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It has Tudor racing bells, Georgian ball gowns, Suffragette photographs, over 100,000 insects, 16th century bandits’ armour and one of the oldest violins in the world. It welcomes toddlers for weekly baby sessions and Brownies for sleepovers, and has family-friendly tray liners in the café with mazes to trace your way back to a Roman fort.

The winner of this year’s Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award is 120-year-old Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle, Cumbria, close to the England-Scotland border.

Record breaking year

The Family Friendly Museum Award is the biggest museum award in Britain. This year, the Award broke all our previous records with over 850 nominations, from tiny one-roomed galleries to mighty museums of international reputation.

It’s the only Award where families pick the winner. Here’s why 10 year old Zara said Tullie House should win:

“Tullie House is our favourite, favourite, favourite museum in the whole world. We go with Gran and Grandad all the time. There are so many cool things to see and do.

“It is great cos Granddad knows lots of stuff, but sometimes he doesn’t know so we ask the ladies cos they always know. The ladies in the museum are very nice and friendly, so it makes us feel safe and happy.”

Undercover family judges

Six shortlisted museums were road-tested by undercover families against the 20 points on the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery shone through as the most welcoming on all counts, from the temporary exhibitions to the toilets.

Unprecedented commendation for outstanding contribution

Shortlisted museum, the Winding House in Caerphilly, Wales, was given a Special Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to their Local Community – the first time any museum has been given such a commendation. This is in recognition of the testimonies local families gave to their museum, saying how much it meant to them.

Award ceremony

The winner and special commendation were announced on Thursday 24 September at an award ceremony at the Telegraph Media Group, sponsors of the Family Friendly Museum Award.

Celebrity guests

Amongst our celebrity guests were: historian, author and Kids in Museums Patron Dan Snow; broadcaster, art expert and Kids in Museums President Philip Mould and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

The Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award

Find out more about the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award – the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families – at kidsinmuseums.org.uk/award or www.telegraph.co.uk/museumawards

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Need photos or more information? Just email [email protected] or phone 020 3096 7707

The Award is run by Kids in Museums, sponsored by the Telegraph Newspaper Group.

2 Responses

  1. Colin wilson Says:

    I am Zara’s grandad, she who sent THE letter to vote for Tulle House in the competition the one that is being used in your news feeds.
    That’s not a problem, but it would have been nice for Zara to have been told in person. The first we all new about it was was a Banner on Carlisle’s civic centre, I then looked on line where I discovered this had all been decided last September, I’m very sad, as if you have read her email you will know how passionate Zara is about Tulle House.
    We had been told by an administrator who rang to say T/H had been shortlisted and she would kept informed.
    None of this has happened Zara knows so much but I don’t want to tell her the actual outcomes.
    Have you any ideas how to resolve the situation. ?
    One very unhappy Grandad.

  2. catherine Says:

    Dear Colin,

    I emailed you the following message on January 4th however I haven’t had a reply. So in case this went into your junk items as the email wasn’t recognised, I’m sending this message again through this channel. Hopefully the message will reach you.

    Firstly I’m very sorry to hear you’re disappointed. Looking at our communications via email it seems you were not informed about the progress of the award and the wonderful news that the museum Zara nominated was the winner in the end. For this I offer our sincere apologies. Would you like to be added to our mailing list so that you can received our press releases in the future?

    I can confirm the quote was received via email and used to support Tullie House in their application. We thought it was such a delightful and charming quote hence why we decided to use it. We respond to every email nomination informing the email account holder that their comments may be published and to respond if they aren’t happy with this. It’s also our policy to make quotes from young people unidentifiable. If you aren’t happy with the quote being used we’ll happily take it down from our webpage and with your permission inform Tullie House to remove it where possible on your behalf. Do let me know if you’d like me to proceed in this way.

    Warmest Wishes
    Catherine

    Catherine Townsend
    Project Manager / Rheolwr Prosiect
    Kids in Museums

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