What’s your favourite family friendly museum? The 2013 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award has been launched – giving you the chance to say which museum, gallery or historic home in Britain gives the warmest welcome to families. It can be a giant national museum or a tiny two-room local gallery. It can be volunteer-run or boast a team of curators. It can be best known for its outstanding collection of French 19th century porcelain or be alive with high-tech interactives. What matters most is what families think of it. The Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award is the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families. Read more about it at www.telegraph.co.uk/museumsawards
Who can make a nomination?
Anyone can make a nomination – families, children, curators, volunteers, museum professionals. Whatever you are in the museum – a visitor, volunteer or member of staff – you just have to argue passionately that your museum should win, telling us why. The more you tell us, the better chance your museum will make it to the longlist.
How do I make a nomination?
Email: [email protected]
Post: Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, Kids in Museums, Can Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH
Deadline for nominations 10 May 2013.
Want to let everyone know your museum hopes to win the Award?
Display our Quentin Blake illustrated Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award posters. Email [email protected] to get your free copy.
What happens next?
The longlist for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award will be announced in May.
“It’s great that there’s an award which rewards museums and galleries for listening to what families really want. After all, we’re the experts, and we’re the audience. I know how important getting a museum visit right is. My passion for history began when I was a child. I remember being taken to museums, castles, battlefields and galleries across the UK. Back then, they were a pretty intimidating place for a child. My sisters and I could identify the one museum with interactive push buttons and demanded to be taken back again and again. Now I’ve taken my daughter to her first museum, the Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire. She absolutely adores it, and gives that adoration full voice! The gallery assistants didn’t mind a bit. Now that’s family friendly! Museums are really changing, the displays, re-enactors, operating steam engines are all a far cry from the sssshushing and wall panels of my childhood. This award is another spur for museums to keep innovating. It’s hardly surprising that every museum wants to be voted Britain’s best for families.” Dan Snow broadcaster, historian and patron of Kids in Museums
Want to find out more about the history of the Family Friendly Museum Award?
Have a look at some of our previous winners.
Have a look which museums made it on to our shortlist in 2012.