Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award 2015: The Longlist

This year was one of the biggest years we have had for the Family Friendly Museum Award. Over 700 nominations were cast, which meant that the Kids in Museums team, including yours truly, had to reply to, collate and sift through a lot of paperwork to work out which institutions were deserving of a place…

Nominating for the Family Friendly Museum Award

It’s every blogger’s dream to have their words published in a national newspaper, and on Sunday that happened to me! Just take a look at this: But how did my words end up in the Sunday Telegraph? The other day I nominated a museum for Kids in Museums’ prestigious Family Friendly Museum award. For such…

Museums in Books: The History Keepers

Welcome back to another Museums in Books! Previously I’ve explored The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy and now I’m turning my museum-y gaze to another book aimed at younger readers -Damian Dibben’s The History Keepers.   You might recall me mentioning Damian Dibben in a previous post. Well, that’s because Damian is a big fan of…

Family Friendly Museum Awards 2014: The Finalists

After revealing the Family Friendly Museum award longlist, it’s time to tell you who made the final cut. But before I tell you the names, I thought I’d explain a bit about how Kids in Museums went about whittling the long list down to the final six… The short listing is the only part of…

Family Friendly Museum 2014: The Long List

A little while ago, I wrote a post about what makes a good nomination for the Family Friendly Museum Awards. After sifting through 800 nominations for just under 100 museums, I can *finally* tell you which ones made the Top 20 this year. It’s all very exciting stuff, trust me. Here they are – presented…

Kids in Museums: At the Tower of London

For a long time now, I’ve been volunteering with Kids in Museums, a charity who have set out to make museums and galleries more aware of issues affecting family visitors as well as encouraging dialogues between museums and family visitors. Those museums who are actively subscribe to the ethos of being open and welcoming to families…

The ‘Children in Museums’ debate

Recently, newspapers and media outlets reported on the story of a child climbing on a $10 million piece of art at the Tate Modern in London. This is the picture and the tweet that alerted the wider world to what happened. Holy crap. Horrible kids, horrible parents. @tate pic.twitter.com/6h1nuY6CfQ — THEODORE:ART (@TheodoreArt) January 26, 2014…

Say Hello to my Not-So-Little Friend

It was one day during my holidays that I had the urge to visit one of my all-time favourite museums – the Horniman Museum. The fact that if was founded by a tea merchant just adds to the reasons of why I love it and apparently you can still buy Horniman Tea in Spain… I…

The Curious Case of Shrunken Head

The Pitt Rivers Museum is a very curious place, a very curious place indeed. In fact it is so curious you may not have realised you have entered it. Why? Because it shares a building with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History with whom it won an award for family-friendliness. The only thing separating the two…