Last year the charity, which supports museums to welcome children, young people and families, became an Arts Council Sector Support Organisation. It also received a National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build its resilience.

In response to survey feedback from museum professionals, Kids in Museums has introduced a range of changes to help more heritage sites engage with its programmes.

And there are more exciting things to come later this year, including new online resources and a revised Manifesto to launch in Spring.

Dates for your diary in 2019

  • Monday 25 March: Nominations open for the Family Friendly Museum Award.
  • Friday 31 May: Nominations close for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2019.
  • June: Shortlist announced for the Family Friendly Museum Award.
  • Friday 28 June: Takeover Day (Summer)
  • Friday 16 August: Teen Digital Takeover
  • October: The Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019 will be announced at our awards ceremony in October.
  • Friday 22 November: Takeover Day (Winter).

New website

Kids in Museums is delighted to launch its new website, created in partnership with Thirty8 Digital: The improved design is easier to navigate and includes a dedicated resource section, bringing together guides to best practice in working with children, young people and families from across the sector.

The charity is inviting museum professionals to submit any relevant resources for the website by contacting:

Takeover Day

One of the charity’s most popular programmes, Takeover Day is when museums, galleries, archives and heritage sites invite young people to take over jobs normally done by adults.

For the first time in 2019, there will be two Takeover Days to help even more organisations join in, particularly venues that are outdoors or close during the winter months.

Heritage sites across the UK are now invited to participate on the same days.

Teen Digital Takeover

Since 2014, Kids in Museums has held a Teen Twitter Takeover, allowing young people to make their voices heard by taking control of museums’ Twitter accounts for the day.

Now, the charity is expanding the day to enable young people to take over other digital platforms too, such as Instagram, Facebook or even an organisation’s website.

Several museums will take part in an Instagram takeover this February. Make sure you’re following @kidsinmuseums to find out how they get on.

Family Friendly Museum Award

Launched back in 2004 and now well-established in the sector, the Family Friendly Museum Award is awarded annually to one museum, gallery or heritage site that has made outstanding efforts to welcome children and families.

This year for the first time, Kids in Museums is introducing categories for the Award:

  • Small museum: up to 150k visitors
  • Medium museum: 150k-500k visitors
  • Large museum: 500k+ visitors

Nominations for the Award will open on Monday 25 March and close at the end of May. The shortlist, as chosen by an expert panel, will be announced in June and the winner, still to be decided by undercover family judges, will be announced in October.

Training and consultancy

Kids in Museums is introducing a new training and consultancy offer for museum staff. The charity now offers ‘family friendly audits’ for museums interested in improving their offer for families. It will also announce dates for focused training days later this year.

The Kids in Museums team will be out and about at museum conferences and events throughout 2019 to provide support and share information on its programmes.

For more information on any of the programmes mentioned, please visit the Kids in Museums website:


Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact Jocelyn Murdoch at Kids in Museums: / 020 3096 7707.

About Kids in Museums

We are an independent charity dedicated to making museums open and welcoming to all children, young people and families. We support and champion family friendly organisations through wide-ranging initiatives, including the Family Friendly Museum of the Year Award and Takeover Day. We invite heritage organisations to sign up to our Manifesto, which sets out simple guidelines for making museums easy to reach for all ages.

Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.