Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Ironbridge Gorge Museums announces it is entering the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2013 – your help needed!

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are preparing to apply for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award. Over the next few weeks the Museum will be calling upon all of its fans to nominate the Museum and say what they love about it.
 
Only one museum can be named the most Family Friendly in the UK. This award has great importance as it is the only national award solely judged by families, who know more than anyone if a museum is worthy of such a title. Last year Kids in Museums received over 600 nominations from families, naming 20 different museums which were shortlisted to six museums ahead of the final award. 
 
Kids in Museums Patron, Mariella Frostrup said, “This Award is important because it gives a real voice to families and children – letting them choose what works in a museum for them. They chose Haslemere, Surry, not because of an outstanding collection – even though there’s a lovely stuffed bear, a giant spider crab and even an Egyptian Mummy – but because of the welcome they received. Nothing was too much for the staff and volunteers. It’s a gem.”
 
The Ironbridge Gorge Museums is renowned for its award winning work with young people and has taken part in ‘Takeover Day’ two years running, with young people from local schools being given the opportunity to have their say on the Museum’s exhibitions and re-development plan for the Museum of Iron. Young people and families are at the heart of the Museum’s work with staff offering exemplary customer service, along with a wide variety of events, activities and exhibitions for young people. The Museum keeps families at the forefront of its work with great value family tickets for one or two adults and all of their children, as well as family-friendly menus in the Ironbridge cafes and excellent facilities to make their days out hassle-free and enjoyable.
 
Steve Miller Chief Executive, Ironbridge Gorge Museums explains: “Being Family Friendly is more than just putting on children’s activities; it is about ensuring that every generation of a family is made to feel welcome and valued.”
 
If you have enjoyed great family days out at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums please tell Kids in Museums by emailing Kids in Museums directly (award@kidsinmuseums.org.uk) and share what’s so special about your visits.

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