On Thursday 26th January 2017 over 250 museum professionals came to be part of the first Kids in Museums Carnival held at Tate Exchange in the new Tate Switch House. Our excellent hosts from Tate added to the programme with young people from Tate Collective London running tours for delegates. Tate Collective London is part of Circuit, led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Stalls were buzzing with curious delegates keen to learn more about Kids in Museums projects, Arts Award and Colour Heroes. Between networking and coffee Kids in Museums asked what museums wanted their families to look like and creativity took over in the craft zone.
The tent was full of budding museum and gallery professionals keen to learn best practice from the experts. A host of museums and galleries coming from as far west as Wrexham and north as Carlisle show cased their work with quick fire presentations.
Special guest and Young People’s Poet Laureate for London, Caleb Femi ruled the floor sharing his poetry and expressing the importance of listening to young people. The Kids in Museums Carnival was a successful day of networking, exploring resources and learning from experts in the sector with delegates saying ‘fantastic afternoon! Great energy and activity’ and ‘a chance to exchange ideas with fellow enthusiasts.’
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Kids in Museums would like to say a special thank you to all of those involved including, the staff at Tate Exchange, our speakers, York Art Gallery, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Hampton Court Palace, Manchester Art Gallery, Wrexham County Borough Museum, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, National Glass Centre and Claire Madge, Autism in Museums, Tate Collective London and special guest Caleb Femi, Young People’s Laureate for London. We’d like to give a special thank you to our sponsors Nimrod Capital.