2009 Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award nominees announced

Kids MuseumsFrom the hundreds and hundreds of family nominations, the team at Kids in Museums have managed to whittle down the huge piles of nominations for the 2009 Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award to a long list of 20.

Here’s the final list:

  • Beningborough Hall & Gardens, York
  • Charnwood Museum, Loughborough, Leicestershire
  • Dinosaur Farm Museum, Isle of Wight
  • Geffrye Museum, London
  • Great North Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, Coventry
  • Highland Folk Museum, Newtownmore
  • Horniman Museum, London
  • The Lightbox, Woking, Surrey
  • National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
  • National Railway Museum, York
  • National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
  • Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Lands End, Cornwall
  • Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Shetland Museum, Lerwick
  • Snibston Discovery Park, Leicestershire
  • Souter Lighthouse, Whitburn, Tyne and Wear
  • St Nicholas Priory, Exeter
  • Thinktank, Birmingham
  • World Museum, Liverpool

It was the biggest ever year for nominations for the Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award.

What Happens Next?
A team of judges will wade through the list and come up with a short list – a very difficult task!  Watch out here for more details or join the Kids in Museums mailing list by sending a message to [email protected]

This shortlist will then be road-tested by families, unannounced to the museums. These families will decide which is the winner, using the Kids in Museums Manifesto as a guide.

If you’d like to be considered as a judging family for the Award, just email [email protected].  The winner will be announced in the Guardian and receive 500 folded sheet Mammoth Activity Sheets, especially designed for the Award.

Tere are also still a few Quentin Blake illustrated Award posters left, so if you’d like one just email [email protected] and they will pop one in the post.