After combing through nearly 750 nominations for nearly 100 museums up and down the UK, Kids in Museums is announcing their short list for the Family Friendly Museum Award. The award has been running since 2004, and remains the only Museum Award that allows the visitors to call the shots and decide who wins.
So, who has made it to the shortlist for the Family Friendly Museum Award?
Cardiff Story Museum, Cardiff
Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne
The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, Coventry
Jewish Museum, London
People’s History Museum, Manchester
Rainham Hall, Greater London
River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames
Tudor House Museum, Worcester
Vale & Downland Museum, Oxfordshire
The museums, galleries and historic sites all stood out for all sorts of reasons, but one thing shone through; how important families are to them.
So, what happens now?
Now, it’s the job of under-cover family judges to visit these museums and report back to the team at Kids in Museums and tell them who should win. If you’re interested in being a secret judge, or know anyone who might be, get in touch withe the award team via email@example.com.
This award is unique in the museum world, as it’s the only one judged entirely by the most important people in the museums; the visitors.
Last year, the winners were York Art Gallery, who had this to say about what it meant to them:
‘This is the most important thing that’s happened to York Art Gallery since we reopened. This award celebrates our welcome and what real visitors and families experience. That’s what we’re most proud of.’
Reyahn King, Director of York Museums Trust
The Mansfield Museum (winners in 2011) go into even more detail about the impact of the award.
Good luck with all the shortlisted museums – may the best one win!