Kids in Museums
The Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto – because being little is powerful
It contains thousands of children and families’ comments, boiled down to just eight points. It’s the most popular way for museums, heritage sites and visitor attractions to assess their family friendliness. It packs a huge punch in over 800 museums but is small enough to fit in your pocket. It’s the new Sir Quentin Blake illustrated KIDS IN MUSEUMS MINI MANIFESTO – eight easy steps to help a museum welcome children and families.
From Say ‘Hello!’ to never say ‘No’, from child-height stair rails to Tell your story and include their stories too, the Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto is a simple, easy to understand guide to what families and children want and need on a visit.
Kids in Museums listened to families and museums, who said they wanted a Mini Manifesto to work with alongside the 20-point Kids in Museums Manifesto. Small changes can have a big impact. The Mini Manifesto empowers museums to make them, so families and children may benefit. Kids in Museums is dedicated to making museums accessible to all children and families, particularly those who haven’t visited before.
Download a copy of the Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto here
The Mini Manifesto
Confidence, knowledge, a sense ownership — what families need to be part of your museum. Eight easy steps to help make this happen:
- Reach out. Begin the welcome beyond your door. Help families find you, go out to meet them, start friendly conversations on their home patch and make your museum easy to reach.
- Get to know your families. Some have babies, some toddlers, teenagers, parents, grandparents or foster children. Embrace these differences, from your programme to your ticketing.
- Seek to reflect your community and include it at your heart in your displays, interpretation and events.
- Be positive. Say ‘Hello!’ Welcome enthusiastic comments (which may be loud), have things to touch and explore, challenge your staff to never say ‘No’
- Make it easy and Comfortable — with a family friendly café, pushchair friendly toilets, seating in the galleries, a place to store skateboards and teenage kit, child-height stair rails, tap water. Just a few of the very practical ways to help a family relax and have fun.
- Be accessible. Families with disabilities may make an extra effort to reach you. Include their needs in everything you do and say — from how to get there to exploring the displays. All your visitors should be equally supported and welcomed.
- Tell your story. Families aren’t only coming to see your collections. They’re coming to enjoy your museum and hear your stories. These are what they’ll share when they get home. Find a way to include their stories too. They’ll add new insights and make the museum belong to them.
- Communicate well. Let families know what you offer. Include this on your website and social media. Chat with families before they visit and after they leave. Build relationships and include them in long-term decision-making. These families will become your greatest advocates.
The launch of the Mini Manifesto took place on 26 January 2017 at Shakespeare’s Globe, London. You can see more about the launch by reading the Storify here.
Culture24 is helping out by handling sign-ups to the Manifesto so when you fill in the form below, it’ll go to them and you’ll hear back from one of their team.
Join us! Museums are signing up in support of the spirit of the Manifesto, so if you'd like further details please click here