In 2006 Falmouth Art Gallery won the Guardian’s Family Friendly Award. Having been shortlisted in both 2004 and 2005 it was a well-deserved win. The Gallery has consistently welcomed and involved children and families in imaginative, fun and engaging ways. Read the Guardian’s report on Falmouth’s win.
2006 runners-up were:
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
North Somerset Museum, Weston-super-Mare
Horniman Museum, London
Livesey Museum, London
WHAT DID WINNING THE GUARDIAN FAMILY FRIENDLY AWARD MEAN TO FALMOUTH ART GALLERY?
Message from Brian Stewart, Director, Falmouth Art Gallery:
Winning this prestigious award has given a huge boost to the morale of staff and volunteers at Falmouth Art Gallery as well as great pride to the town. We received so many congratulations from our regular visitors who rightly came to feel it was their gallery.
The award gave the gallery a wide national profile and we have been consulted for advice by many museums large and small. It has given past student volunteers, who have gone onto careers in other museums, confidence to spread the Kids in Museums philosophy to their new organisations.
All the staff and volunteers at Falmouth Art Gallery have realised that they are part of an important movement for change in museums and this responsibility has led to the constant search for improvement.
We were most grateful to the Guardian and the judges for this recognition.