Kids in Museums is an independent charity dedicated to making museums open and welcoming to all families, in particular those who haven’t visited before. With a dedicated Board of Trustees and an exciting range of events, partnerships and initiatives, Kids in Museums gives families visiting museums and galleries across Britain a dynamic and powerful voice. The Kids in Museums Manifesto and the Family Friendly Museum Award have been incredibly successful ways of encouraging and guiding museums and galleries across the country to make family visits engaging and enjoyable.
Kids in Museums Timeline
Kids in Museums Carnival took place in January, welcoming 250 delegates to learn more about Kids in Museums and hear talks from past Family Friendly Museum Award nominees and winners.
Takeover Day 2016 reached nearly 200 museums across England and Wales, with museums running Takeovers throughout the year as well as in November. York Art Gallery were crowned the winners of the Family Friendly Museum Award on 10 October 2016 at a grand ceremony held at The Charterhouse, London. A new resource on how to better welcome families and young people with Autism to museums was launched in April Kids in Museums launched its Hurdles to the participation of children, families and young people in museums report, funded by Arts Council England. On Wednesday 29 June 2016, Kids in Museums launched Takeover Day in Wales at The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea with a celebration run by local children.
Takeover Day reaches over 150 museums and 4000 children and young people across England. The aim now is for organisations to embed Takeover Day within their programme, with empowering events happening throughout the year #Morethanaday Taking Over Day is the biggest ever with over 45 museums and arts organisations and 800 young people taking over across Wales. Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery win the 2015 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award with the Winding House in Wales receiving a Special Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to their Local Community. Two new film projects, Teen Take in the East of England and How I See It in the South East, were carried out with funding from HLF Young Roots. Young people from both regions planned, scripted and shot the films themselves. Kids in Museums team grows with new positions and more volunteers than ever. Kids in Museums move to bigger offices in Borough, London as we continue to grow Kids in Museums Patron and Historian Dan Snow officially launched the 2015 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum award. Over 800 nominations were received
Taking over Day in Wales involved a record number of children – over 700 children and young people worked across 38 Welsh museums and historic buildings Takeover Day in England grows and reaches more than 4,000 participants Teen Twitter Takeover was a huge success with teenagers sending out hundreds of tweets sharing ideas and highlights for visitors Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum Cornwall wins the 2014 Family Friendly Museum Award
10th Birthday Party, held at the Royal Academy, London First Babies in Museums Workshop held at Manchester Art Gallery Bilingual Manifesto launched in National Museum, Cardiff and premiere of Our Take/Barn Ni film Sharing Meeting and Launch for Takeover Day Scotland Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2013 has joint winners, Brixham Heritage Museum and the Horniman Museum and Gardens
First Taking Over in Museums Wales day. Over 600 children take part. First Teen Workshop held, helping museums involve and respect teenagers. Kids in Museums win Highly Commended in the London Volunteer Awards Takeover Day in museums in England. Over 1000 children run museums for the day. Haslemere Museum, Surrey, wins First Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.
First Takeover Day in museums – 100s of young people take part. Telegraph Family Friendly Friendly Museum Award launched by Michael Rosen First Family Fortunes Workshop held, helping museums value families
Over 100 museums nominated for sixth Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award. Flexible Family Ticket guidelines launched, helping museums to introduce a ticket for families of all shapes and sizes. First Takeover Day at museums, with over 60 museums taken over by young people. Your Museum Café project begins, striving to make museums cafés more family friendly. I Can’t See It! pilot filmed at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Coventry Transport Museum, showing a museum visit through a young person’s eyes. Herbert Art Gallery and Museum wins fifth Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award
Record number of nominations for fifth Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award.
Second Great Museum Debate with National Museums Liverpool on ‘Museum I’d Like’. Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, wins fourth Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award.
Kids in Museums website launched. First Kids in Museums / National Museums Liverpool Great Museum Debate at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Second Kids in Museums Manifesto is launched.
Kids in Museums becomes an independent charity managed by a Board of Trustees. Falmouth Art Gallery wins third Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award.
Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History are joint winners of second Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award.
Killhope North of England Lead Mining Museum wins first Guardian Family Friendly Award.
The Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award is introduced with a logo designed by Quentin Blake. It’s the first museum award in Britain to be judged by families and children. The Guardian Kids in Museums Campaign is launched. A 20-point Kids in Museums Manifesto is compiled from visitor comments. Dea Birkett reports her family’s expulsion in her column in the Guardian newspaper. Hundreds of families write in to say they’re fed up with feeling unwelcome in Britain’s museums and galleries. The two-year old son of writer Dea Birkett shouts ‘Monster!’ at a statue of Eagle Man at the Royal Academy, London – and gets thrown out.