DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – 5PM, Friday 14th June
Many museums are seeing an increase in family visits, and are often responsible for delivering family activities in the school holidays, but many are aware of the need to improve their offer to cater for this audience. That’s why we are delivering the second year of our Family Friendly Programme.
This programme has been developed by MDNW and aims to support six museums that wish to develop their aspirations of becoming more family friendly in line with the Kids in Museums Manifesto and the Family Arts Standards. The programme consists of self-assessments, family assessments and a workshop to be delivered by Kids in Museums, Family Arts Campaign and a family friendly award-winning museum.
Museums will be asked to:
- Carry out a self-assessment of their museum using criteria provided
- Recruit a family to undertake an assessment if necessary
- Attend a workshop on the 18th October 2019 focussing on best practice and how best to implement recommendations
- Arrange for participating families to return to the museum to undertake a second assessment after implementing changes.
How will the programme work?
The programme will consist of a self-assessment undertaken by the participating museum and at least one family assessment. The reports will then allow us to have an overview of what changes need to be made to support the museum to become more family friendly.
We are taking a different approach to recruiting the families this year, and there are a number of options for museums: families can either be recruited by the participating museums or they can be identified via the Family Holiday Association* or Kids in Museums. Please let us know what your preference is when you submit your Expression of Interest.
All appropriate costs associated with the family visits will be covered by MDNW but will need to be paid by the participating museums if they undertook the recruitment. The participating museum will be responsible for invoicing MDNW to claim back the costs.
Each participating museum can also apply for up to £750 to support them to implement the recommendations.
The family visits will take place during Summer 2019 and the workshop will take place on the 18th October 2019.
How to apply
Please complete the Expression of Interest form and send to Alex Bird by 5pm Friday 14th June.
For more information please contact Alex Bird at email@example.com
A previous programme participant said:
“Thanks to the Family Friendly Programme, Nantwich Museum has been able to diversify its offer for wider audience and we now have an all new family friendly area and we have also been able to purchase better signage for our education offers. Without the financial support and expert advice offered by the Family Friendly Programme, the great improvements to our Museum offer this year would simply not be possible.”
Elliot Goodger, Manager, Nantwich Museum
*The Family Holiday Association is the leading national charity providing breaks and days out for struggling families across the UK. They have over 4,000 registered referrers working directly with families who rarely, if ever, visit museums and assist with engaging hard-to-reach families (particularly through supported group visits).