Created in partnership with Thirty8 Digital, the new and improved website is easier to navigate and includes a dedicated resources section, bringing together guides to best practice in working with children, young people and families from across the sector.
We’d love to hear your feedback on the site – you can submit your comments via our Contact Us page.
We are now appealing for museums professionals to help us populate our resources by submitting any relevant resources via: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also pleased to announce our 2019 dates for your diary:
- 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).
Changes to our programmes
Last year was a momentous year for Kids in Museums. We became an Arts Council Sector Support Organisation and received a National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build our resilience for the future.
In response to your feedback, we have introduced a range of changes to help more heritage sites engage with our programmes.
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
We are expanding our Teen Twitter Takeover programme 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
This year for the first time, we are introducing categories for the Family Friendly Museum 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 our 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
We are introducing a new training and consultancy offer for museum staff. We offer ‘family friendly audits’ for museums interested in improving their offer for families. Dates for focused training days will be announced later this year.
There are more exciting things to come later this year, including new online resources and a revised Manifesto to launch in Spring.
The Kids in Museums team will be out and about at museum conferences and events throughout the year to provide support and share information on its programmes. We’re looking forward to working with you in 2019.