Dylan Thomas Centre
Dylan Thomas Centre

Awards – Wales

Two Welsh Museums shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award

Two Welsh museums have made it on to the shortlist for Britain’s biggest museum award and the only one where families pick the winner. The Cardiff Story Museum and the Dylan Thomas Centre were chosen for the shortlist from over 700 nominations from families and museums all over Great Britain. Both museums impressed with the warmth of their welcome to family visitors and the range of activities they offered that reflected their local communities. From welcoming newly arrived refugee families and taking exhibitions out to local libraries to consulting families about new activities and running a Young Writers Squad, the Cardiff Story Museum and the Dylan Thomas Centre are museums that really listen to local families and make them feel at home.

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates said;

“I am delighted that once again Welsh museums are being recognised for their brilliant work in welcoming families and young people.
Congratulations to Cardiff Story and the Dylan Thomas Centre – they both excel at reaching out and working with their communities to provide great experiences for all – which is what our Fusion programme is all about. All the very best to both of the organisations for the final in October.”

The full shortlist for the 2017 Award is:

The Cardiff Story Museum
Dylan Thomas Centre (Swansea)
Great North Museum: Hancock (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Coventry)
Jewish Museum (London)
People’s History Museum (Manchester)
Rainham Hall (Greater London)
River & Rowing Museum (Henley-on-Thames)
Tudor House (Worcester)
Vale and Downland Museum (Oxfordshire)

The shortlisted museums will be road-tested anonymously by families over the summer using the new Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto as a guide to their family and child friendliness.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London in October 2017.

Know a family who like to be undercover museum judges and help pick the winner? Then email [email protected]

Find out more about the Family Friendly Museum Award and past winners at www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/award

Follow the Award on Twitter @kidsinmuseums #FFMA17

For images and interviews, email [email protected] or call 020 3096 7707

The Family Friendly Museum Award 2017 is run Kids in Museums and kindly supported by Nimrod Capital and Edwardian Hotels.

Want to find out more about the history of the Family Friendly Museum Award?

Have a look at some of our previous winners.

To view this page in Welsh, click here.

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