Kay Carberry, Trustee, Mike Prescott, Senior Gallery Assistant (Retail) and Liz Thorpe, Learning Officer from People's History Museum, Manchester collect the Family Friendly Museum Award from Kids in Museums President, Philip Mould at last year's Award Ceremony.
Kay Carberry, Trustee, Mike Prescott, Senior Gallery Assistant (Retail) and Liz Thorpe, Learning Officer from People's History Museum, Manchester collect the Family Friendly Museum Award from Kids in Museums President, Philip Mould at last year's Award Ceremony.
2017 Shortlisted Museum: Dylan Thomas Centre
2017 Shortlisted Museum: Dylan Thomas Centre
2017 Shortlisted Museum: River & Rowing Museum
2017 Shortlisted Museum: River & Rowing Museum
2017 Shortlisted Museum: Tudor House Museum
2017 Shortlisted Museum: Tudor House Museum
2017 Shortlisted Museum: Vale and Downland Museum
2017 Shortlisted Museum: Vale and Downland Museum

Awards

Museums Family Friendly Museum Award 2018 Shortlist Announced

Kids in Museums is delighted to announce an eleven-strong shortlist for the 2018 Family Friendly Museum Award. There was tough competition for a place on the shortlist, but what set our eleven fabulous museums apart was their commitment to putting families’ voices at the heart of their organisations, using family feedback to plan everything from their toilets and cafés to their exhibition programmes.

In response to family feedback, our shortlisted museums have created new children’s galleries, built quiet space into their museums with chill out zones and a family snug, curated an exhibition based on toddlers’ choices of art, developed new family activities such as audio Easter Egg hunts and Messy Museum sessions and reached out into their local communities visiting prisons, schools and Sure Start Centres and running a shuttle bus to get people to their site. What’s more these museums continue to listen to their families using everything from visitor surveys to more imaginative means such as Falmai the blackboard cow to collect feedback.

Many of the shortlisted museums have seen recent increases in their visitor numbers, with family visitors driving this trend. This shows the impact of placing families’ voices at the heart of museums and how family friendliness can make museums for everyone.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums said:

“We were really impressed with the high quality of this year’s nominations for the Family Friendly Museum Award and the brilliant family friendly work that is going on in museums all over the country. It’s fantastic that so many museums are using our Manifesto to shape their work with families, children and young people and listening and responding to their feedback.”

The shortlisted museums are:

The Erewash Museum, Derbyshire

Leeds City Museum, West Yorkshire

Museum of the Order of St John, London

National Maritime Museum, London

Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth and Kinross

The Postal Museum, London

The Red House, Suffolk

Torquay Museum, Devon

The Whitworth, Greater Manchester

Wrexham County Borough Museum, Wrexham

Yr Ysgwrn, Gwynedd

What happens next?

We are searching for an intrepid team of undercover family judges to visit the shortlisted museums. Over the summer, the family judges will assess the family friendliness of each shortlisted museum against the Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto. It will be their reports and experiences of visiting the museums alone that decide the winner of the 2018 Family Friendly Museum Award.

To become a family judge email [email protected]

 

About the Family Friendly Museum Award

The Family Friendly Museum Award is the biggest museum award in Britain – and the only one where families decide the winner.

Being part of the Award is an amazing experience for museums of all shapes and sizes. Some of the shortlisted museums and the 2017 winner, the People’s History Museum, have told us about the importance of the award to their museum in acknowledging the contribution made by staff, raising profile and celebrating the achievements of small local museums.

“We are so thrilled to win the Family Friendly Museum Award. It’s such an honour for all the staff who welcome families to the museum daily. Welcoming families is right at the top of our priorities and we hope we can be an inspiration to all, even to a future prime minister!”

Liz Thorpe, Learning Officer, People’s History Museum

 

 “For a small independent museum without a huge budget or team, this is an enormous deal. But that is what the Family Friendly awards have always done: celebrated not just the big national museums, but the Tudor House sized ones too. Size isn’t important, it’s how you make the families visiting you feel, and here we’ve always prided ourselves on making everyone, regardless of age and ability, feel welcome and included.”

Tonia Collett, Tudor House Museum manager, telling Worcester News about being nominated for the Family Friendly Museum Award

 

 “We would like to say how being shortlisted for the Family Friendly Award has raised the profile of the museum with families and given us the opportunity to strive to develop more creative activities for children and young people. We are so honoured! Thank you to all the families that came to visit us.”

Lisa Shames, Learning Officer, Jewish Museum

 

Find out more about the Award here. Take a look at some of our previous winners.

The Family Friendly Museum Award is kindly supported by Edwardian Hotels London.

Terms and Conditions of Family Friendly Museum Award.

 

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