Help us choose the winner of the Family Friendly Museum Award
Would you like to help us find the UK's most family friendly museum by becoming an undercover judge for this year's Family Friendly Museum Award?
Every year Kids in Museums invites museums from across the UK to enter our Family Friendly Museum Award. It celebrates museums, galleries and heritage attractions that go the extra mile to provide an excellent experience for children, young people and families. Previous winners have included the People’s History Museum in Manchester, Leeds City Museum and the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall. It is the only museum award in Britain to be judged by families.
We whittled 860 nominations down to a shortlist of 15 fantastic museums and we are now looking for families of all shapes, sizes and ages (including at least one child under 16) to our undercover judges.
“We had a great time when we were judges for the Family Friendly Museum Award. We loved being undercover judges and exploring the museum. We want to be a secret judge in every museum we go to now!” (Previous undercover judges)
Being an undercover family judge involves
- Visiting at least one of the shortlisted museums as a family and using our Kids in Museums Manifesto to help judge how welcoming it is to families.
- Providing feedback about your visit to us via an online survey or on by phone with a member of staff or a volunteer from Kids in Museums.
The feedback from the undercover judges will determine the winners of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award.
We are looking for
- Families (which must include at least one child under 16) who are enthusiastic about museums being friendly and welcoming to children, young people and families. You could be a family who has visited a museum regularly before, or someone who doesn’t visit museums but wants them to be more family friendly.
- Families who can commit to visiting at least one museum from the shortlist between 1 July 2019 and 1 September 2019.
- Families who can feedback to us about their visit either online or on the phone by 9 September 2019.
What you need to know:
- Opportunities to be undercover judges are offered on a first come first served basis – so apply early!
- You can visit up to three museums on the shortlist.
- The visits can take place any time between 1 July 2019 -1 September 2019 when the museums are open.
- The feedback about your visit can be given via our online form or a phone interview with a Kids in Museums member of staff or volunteer. We will give you guidance about the type of feedback we need about your visit and we can work around you to collect it. The deadline for us to receive all feedback from undercover is 9 September 2019.
- We will cover travel expenses of up to £25 per family. We will provide a form for expenses claims for visits.
- We will arrange a free family ticket for any museums that charge for entry.
How to apply and next steps
- Please apply for this role as soon as possible as we will close applications when we have enough judges. You can apply by filling in the simple online form below.
- Please allow up to two weeks for us to respond to you once you have submitted your application. We will then let you know if we have an opportunity to be a family judge and explain the process in more details.
Undercover family judge application form
Please complete this short form to apply to be a family judge. You will see a message after you press submit to confirm you have sent the form, but you will not receive an automatic confirmation email. We will get in touch within two weeks to let you know what happens next.
Please note: we currently do not have space for any more family judges for the following museums: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Erewash Museum, Great North Museum, London Transport Museum, Potteries Museum, Riverside Museum, Sedgwick Museum and the University of Cambridge Zoology Museum.
We are still keen to hear from families who would like to judge Parc Howard Museum.
We have very few spaces left at all of the other museums listed in the form.