FAMILIES NOMINATE MUSEUM FOR NATIONAL AWARD
A popular Council-run heritage attraction has been nominated for a national award by visitors for going the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.
The Brampton Museum has been invited to apply for the Kids in Museums’ “Family Friendly Museum Award” after receiving glowing praise from children, young people and adults.
The charity presents the prestigious prize to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK every year that has made outstanding efforts to include children and families. Past winners include Leeds City Museum and the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall.
Council officers are now putting together a full applicationwhich will include information about interactive displays, themed summer exhibitions, quizzes, trails, craft activities, educational school visits, help for children on the autism spectrum and other useful facilities. It will also describe the beautiful surroundings in the park featuring a play area, sandpit, sensory garden, aviary and miniature railway.
In June an expert panel of museum professionals will create a shortlist of applicants which will be visited by undercover judges to assess how well they meet the charity’s manifesto, a set of simple guidelines setting out what families feel make a museum a great place to visit. The overall winner will be announced in October.
Families can support the application process by sharing more of their excellent experiences with Kids in Museums at www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/awards by midday on Friday, 31 May.
Cllr. Mark Holland, Cabinet member for leisure, culture and heritage, said: “This nomination is fantastic news and really well deserved. Officers do an absolutely brilliant job of making the Brampton Museum as welcoming and accessible as possible, not only for families, but for visitors of all ages.It’s great that this is valued and is being recognised.
“It’s a small and friendly museum, set in a beautiful park, which attracts thousands of people every year because there is always something interesting to see and do. It would be great if families who have enjoyed a visit could vote to give us the strongest possible application.”
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The Brampton Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday, including bank holidays, between 2pm and 5.30pm. Admission is free and free parking is available. There are baby changing and disabled facilities as well as a small shop which sells Snugburys ice cream. For more information, visit www.bramptonmuseum.co.uk .