Shortlist For Family Friendly Museum Award 2016 Announced
From Tudor palaces to contemporary art galleries, from Sunderland to Sussex, from local history collections to world renowned masterpieces, the museums on this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award shortlist prove that it isn’t your size or what you’ve got in your glass cabinets that makes you family friendly. It’s a commitment to putting children, young people and the heart of your museum.
The ten shortlisted museums for the 2016 Family Friendly Museum Award are:
Egypt Centre Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (Swansea)
Hampton Court Palace (Greater London)
Manchester Art Gallery
National Glass Centre (Sunderland)
The Novium Museum (Chichester)
River & Rowing Museum (Henley-on-Thames)
Towner Art Gallery (Eastbourne)
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (West Sussex)
Wrexham County Borough Museum
York Art Gallery
You can find out more about the museums in Wales that have been shortlised here.
Dan Snow, historian, broadcaster and Kids in Museums Patron, says, ‘Great to see so many museums, big and small, contemporary galleries and collections of Iron Age artefacts, making a huge effort to welcome and include children and families. Museums celebrate what we have in common, and help us understand our differences. It couldn’t be more important for young people and communities to be able to access the shared stories and dreams that our best family friendly museums can help tell. When museums get it right for future generations, they get it right for all of us. This award celebrates that.’
The ten shortlisted museums will be road-tested anonymously by families over the summer, using the Kids in Museums Manifesto as a guide to their family and child friendliness.
Want to know what happens at the shortlisting day? Find out from one of our volunteers who attended by reading this news story.
Know a family who would like to be undercover museum judges and help pick the winner? Then email [email protected]
The Family Friendly Museum Award is the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one where children and families pick the winner.
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What happens next?
Over the summer, the shortlisted museums are road-tested anonymously by families, using the Kids in Museums Manifesto as a guide to their family friendliness.
Families – Would your family like to be mystery museum judges and help pick the winner? Then email [email protected].
Want to find out more about the history of the Family Friendly Museum Award?
Have a look at some of our previous winners.
Caroline Pantling, formerly of Museums Sheffield, tells us about her experience of winning the Family Friendly Museum Award…
“Now I’d like you to work together as a family to…” is a phrase I repeated many times in my early career. I started as Family and Informal Learning Coordinator for Museums Sheffield in 2004, and was involved in the redevelopment of Weston Park Museum which launched in October 2006. Family engagement was at the heart of the Museum offer and my remit was to develop and deliver family friendly resources and events. We were very clear that what we wanted to deliver was an offer for the whole family, not kids’ activities with adults sitting at the back. We wanted families to discover new stories and be guided by each other’s questions and interests. It was great to see children taking charge of the experience and surprising adults with their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics. I lost count of the times adults came up to me and said “I never knew they were interested in…”. To have the success of our approach recognised by the Family Friendly Museum Award in 2008 was a great endorsement of everyone’s efforts. When in 2011, I decided it was time for me to move on from Museums Sheffield I was able to reference our success on job applications. To be able to demonstrate that hard our work had been nationally recognised by both an awards panel and our audiences was a great selling point to potential employers and it has never failed to come up in an interview.
Caroline Pantling, Heritage Service Manager, The Scout Association