Shortlisted! Family Friendly Museum Award 2019

20/06/201908:34Leave a Comment

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award 2019. UK charity Kids in Museums awards the honour annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families. It is the only museum award to be judged by families. Throughout April and May, visitors from across the country voted for their favourite attraction on the Kids in Museums website before a panel of experts decided the shortlist. They received around 800 nominations for over 80 different UK museums. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is one of the 15 finalists for the national prize. Undercover family judges will visit the site during the summer to assess it against the Kids in Museums manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each category and a panel of judges will then choose an overall winner who will be announced in October.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “It’s great to see the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery on the shortlist for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families. We were impressed by the museum’s focus on literacy and families told us how much they enjoyed the free family events during the school holidays. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

The museum is very grateful for all the nominations it received for this award. Below are some of the comments that Kids in Museum received about The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery:

“My 5 year old and I visit the museum weekly (and have done since she was born). There are always great activities to take part in at the weekends, and the exhibitions are always changing. They do think a lot about accessibility for families, and the temporary exhibitions are often really exciting for children. Staff are friendly and the family friendly cafe is also affordable.”

“There are always exciting and inviting family events at The Potteries Museum in the school holidays. My son gets very excited if it’s ever mentioned in anticipation of what type of workshop will be on.”

“I travel an hour to get there as no museum local to myself offers anything like the potteries.”

For more details about the award visit the Kids in Museums website

Written by Joe Perry (Curator, Local History)

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