Family Friendly Museum Award 2014 is launched
Could your museum be the winner?
The biggest museum award in Britain – and the only one judged by children and families – is launched. Now’s your chance to say why your museum should win. The Family Friendly Museum Award is run by charity Kids in Museums in partnership with the Sunday Telegraph.
The Award was launched by Kids in Museums Patron Bettany Hughes in the Sunday Telegraph on 6 April 2014.
Award-winning author, broadcaster and historian Bettany Hughes says, ‘Museums matter to all ages. One in two of us went to a museum last year. But I know from bitter experience how tough it can be to keep children happy in these store-houses of wisdom. For a decade now, Kids in Museums has been campaigning around this issue. Now it’s the chance for visitors to have their say.’
Bettany believes museums are important for all of us, of every age. ‘Museums and galleries help us to share a feel-good experience with our ancestors. Museums are the physical incarnation of the stories of us – the custodians, caretakers and communicators of our collective memories. They tussle with what it is to be human in a shared space.’
‘By championing kids in museums, we are not only choosing to open the minds of the next generation. We are reminding ourselves what it is to be human.’
Find out more
Find out more about the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award at the Kids in Museums website at http://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/awards/
Want to let everyone know you’re behind the Family Friendly Museum Award? Get a FREE Quentin Blake illustrated Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award A2 poster from us by clicking here.
Want to find out about who was last year’s winners and shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award? Go to our website for more information.
How to make a nomination for The Family Friendly Museum Award.
What makes your museum so special? Is it the fabulous family friendly activities? Or the volunteer who remembers your name each time you return? Or the children’s backpacks that entice you into parts of the museum you wouldn’t otherwise reach? Or the special welcome for grandparents and grandchildren? Or the half-portions, high chairs and jugs of tap water in the café? Let us know. And – importantly – ask your visitors what they think. Get their support for your nomination. See how you match up to the Kids in Museums Manifesto – 20 Ways to Make a Museum Family Friendly.
Anyone can make a nomination – visitors of any age, children, grown-ups, grandparents, families, museum staff and volunteers. Museums can also nominate themselves. You just have to say why you are the most family friendly and deserve to win. Give as much detail as possible, to make your museums have the best chance of winning.
Or Post: Family Friendly Museum Award, Kids in Museums, 49-51 East Road London, N1 6AH
Nominations for the Award close on 16 May 2014.
Order free copies of the Kids in Museums Manifesto here.