The Museum is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award – the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one where children and families pick the winners.
Speaking of the shortlisting, Emily Beckwith, Kids in Museums young volunteer and shortlisting panel member, said “The organisation came across as forward thinking, trying to find new ways to engage with families and children.”
Martin Purslow, Museum CEO, said:
“Our team is proud that our museum has been shortlisted for such a fantastic award. We often meet people from across the UK who remember, with fondness, visiting when they were children and hold the museum as a very special place as a result. We always pride ourselves on being a fun space for families, and our staff and volunteers go above and beyond to give visitors of all ages a wonderful day out. It gives me great pleasure to see families of all kinds enjoying this unique Museum together and it is my hope that their children and grandchildren will, in turn bring their own families to visit us.”
Dea Birkett, Creative Director of Kids in Museums who run the Award, said:
“It’s great to see the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum on the shortlist for the first time and so praised and supported by families and children. It’s a very special place that is committed to putting young people and families at its heart, and encouraging new visitors. We wish the museum best of luck when the undercover family judges arrive!”
This year’s shortlist is comprised of ten attractions: Egypt Centre Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (Swansea), Hampton Court Palace (Greater London), Manchester Art Gallery, National Glass Centre (Sunderland), The Novium Museum (Chichester), River & Rowing Museum (Henley-on-Thames), Towner Art Gallery (Eastbourne), Weald & Downland Open Air Museum (West Sussex), Wrexham County Borough Museum and York Art Gallery.
Each shortlisted museum will be road-tested anonymously by families over the summer, using the Kids in Museums Manifesto as a guide to their family and child friendliness.
The Family Friendly Museum Award is kindly supported by Philip Mould Gallery and Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. It wouldn’t happen without them.
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at the Wallace Collection, London on Monday 17 October.