Shortlist Announced for the Family Friendly Museum Award From Home

Monday, July 27, 2020
Shortlist Announced for the Family Friendly Museum Award From Home

The annual Family Friendly Museum Award for the past 15 years has been run, recognising the most family friendly heritage sites in the UK. This year, they asked families and museums to share what they thought was the best online activity for families during lockdown.

Image:  The Glucksman, Ireland. Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.

 

The annual Family Friendly Museum Award for the past 15 years has been run, recognising the most family friendly heritage sites in the UK. This year, they asked families and museums to share what they thought was the best online activity for families during lockdown.

The museum received over 400 nominations from all over the world for a huge range of activities, from films and quizzes to games and crafts. An expert panel whittled down the nominations to a shortlist of 26 museums that have gone the extra mile to support families.

 

The Glucksman, Ireland. Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.

 

Alison Bowyer, Executive Director of Kids in Museums, said: “We have been blown away by the standard and amount of great content that museums have produced to entertain families and promote their wellbeing during lockdown. Museum staff have adapted quickly, learning new skills and making the best of limited resources to create inventive new activities for different ages.

The shortlist for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award From Home is:

Best Film

Cooper Gallery, Barnsley – Wow Wednesdays
Florence Nightingale Museum, London – Meet Miss Nightingale
London Fire Brigade Museum – The Great Fire of London
National Football Museum, Manchester – Kicking Off Your Creativity
University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge – Zoology Live! Online Festival

Best Social Media Activity

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft – Virtual Museum Club
National Museums Liverpool – My Home is My Museum
National Museums Wales – Minecraft Your Museum
The Novium Museum, Chichester – Virtual Roman Week 2020
Royal Academy, London – attRAct weekly challenges

Best Website Activity

Historic Dockyard Chatham – Museum from Home: Arts Award Discover
The Mary Rose, Portsmouth – Things to Make and Do!
Museum of Cardiff – My Museum
National Galleries Scotland – Home is Where the Art is
National Videogame Museum, Sheffield – Create Your Own Pixel Art Character

Going the Extra Mile

Colchester and Ipswich Museums – Museum From Home activity packs
Dacorum Heritage – Stockpiling Stories
National Science and Media Museum, Bradford – Distributing Printed Learning Resources to families in BD5
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle – Something to smile about: supporting families in East Newcastle
The Whitworth, Manchester – Still Parents

Best International Digital Activity

Andy Warhol Museum, USA – Warhol Making It Videos
Glazer Children’s Museum, USA – GCM@Home
The Glucksman, Republic of Ireland – Creativity At Home
The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project – Project 2020 Together, Le Chéile
National Gallery Singapore – #SmallBigDreamersatHome
Rijksmuseum, Netherlands – Key Challenge

“I’d like to congratulate all the organisations that have been shortlisted for our award against tough competition from around the world. It’s brilliant to be able to recognise and celebrate their hard work in these challenging times.”

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