In 2005 the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History Museum were joint winners of the Family Friendly Museum Award.
The winners were chosen by a panel of children aged between 8 and 16. All of the judges were impressed by the way these neighbouring museums treat younger visitors as an important and valued audience.
One of our young judges was Iona Perkins, aged 15 at the time. She said – “Being on the panel of judges for the awards was a great experience. The best thing about it was that as kids we had the chance to have our say about what we liked and didn’t like. I think that awards like this are important as they will help to encourage other children to visit museums especially if they have the seal of approval from people their own age.”
2005 runners-up were:
Museum of Farnham
WINNING THE GUARDIAN FAMILY FRIENDLY MUSEUM AWARD
Message from Michael O’Hanlon, Pitt Rivers Museum Director
“Winning the 2005 Guardian award meant everything to us. As a university museum, we thought we were reasonably good at teaching and research – we certainly ought to be. But on the vital public side of the Museum, while we did our best it wasn’t always easy to assess how effective the efforts of our enthusiastic front of house and education staff actually were.
Winning the Guardian award was a wonderful national affirmation, and a huge boost to our education, front-of-house and volunteer staff. It raised their profile within the Museum, drew renewed attention to the Museum within the University, and has been the platform from which we successfully applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funds to transform the Museum’s public entrance. The award is also constant challenge to us to maintain standards and to seek to do more.”