From Kids in Museums:
Today we are delighted to open applications for our new award, celebrating how museums and heritage sites have supported families through lockdown.
We are celebrating the work of museum staff with a special one-off set of awards: the Family Friendly Museum Award From Home.
We are inviting families and museums to share what they think is the best virtual activity created by a museum, gallery, historic house or heritage site.
We are looking for museums that have stayed in touch with their family audiences during lockdown and engaged new families with imaginative and accessible digital content. It could be a live broadcast, craft activity, quiz, social media challenge, game or something else!
There are five award categories – including, for the first time ever, an international award category.
As usual, family judges will help us to decide the winners, along with an expert panel of museum professionals.
There will be no overall award winner in 2020. Instead each category will have a winner and highly commended award.
We appreciate this is a challenging time for museums and their staff. Entering the award is free and completing the application form should take no longer than 15 minutes. Nominations are now open until 5pm on 30 June 2020.
To find out more and apply click here
From Family Arts Campaign:
We have extended the deadline for the Fantastic for Families Awards to midday on Friday 22nd May 2020.
The Fantastic for Families Awards celebrate the wealth of outstanding creative events and spaces for families across the UK.
Whether you are part of a venue or a company, a museum or heritage site, a library, or you’re an artist or a producer, you can apply for a national Fantastic for Families Award.
Remember that we’re also celebrating excellent work for older family members with the award for Best Age-Friendly Cultural Organisation.
We know that many organisations have staff members under furlough. If you know that you will be unable to submit an application by 22nd of May, please contact email@example.com and we will endeavour to arrange a suitable extension for your application. We will need to receive your request for an extension before the application window closes on 22nd May.
To download an application form, click here
From the British Museum:
We are very pleased to announce that applications have opened for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The current health crisis highlights how important volunteering can be, with over 750,000 people having signed up to support the NHS in a matter of days.
The Marsh Award for Volunteers for Museum Learning celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom, recognising their achievements and dedication, as well as the innovative ways they are engaging with the visiting public. The awards provide a great opportunity to recognise the contribution of those who voluntarily gave their time to support other people and organisations during 2019.
There will be twelve regional winners, each of whom will receive a £500 prize. Additionally, an overall national winner will receive a further £2000. Each year, the awards are presented at a ceremony at the British Museum in September. Last year’s national winners were Temple Newsam House,Yorkshire.
Applications are open to individuals or groups. Volunteers are able to apply themselves or you can apply on their behalf. Multiple entries from the same museum, gallery or heritage site are welcome.
To apply, please visit the British Museum website at www.britishmuseum.org/support-us/volunteer/marsh-awards.
The closing date for applications is Friday, 3 July 2020.
Please use the volunteers email address firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your application. We appreciate that with most people working from home, you may not be able to access photographs and so on, and in these circumstances we are happy to relax the requirements.
From the Museums + Heritage Awards:
In addition to the 13 categories already included in this year’s Museums + Heritage Awards, we are very proud to have partnered with The National Lottery Heritage Fund to introduce a brand new award for 2020 – The Sustainable Project of the Year Award, which is free to enter online and has an extended deadline of 21 Feb, will celebrate the UK museum, heritage or cultural organisation which has created the most outstanding environmentally sustainable project or exhibition in 2019.
The 31 January deadline for the remaining 13 categories at the Museums + Heritage Awards is fast approaching and now is the time to put the finishing touches on your application.
Don’t sit on the side-lines in 2020. Get your work recognised, across the globe, by winning one of these Awards. Find out more info here.
From the Museums + Heritage Awards:
The deadline for the 18th Annual Museums + Heritage Awards is fast approaching and now is the time to start working on your entry and finalising how you are going to ‘sell’ your project to our judges.
These Awards spotlight and celebrate some of the greatest achievements of this sector from the last year and you too could be amongst the winners. With 13 categories to choose from these Awards really are open to any and all heritage sites across the UK.
Previous winners of these Awards have ranged from large national museums to smaller sites run by volunteers – we do really mean these Awards are open to EVERYONE!
Don’t sit on the side-lines in 2020. Get your work recognised, across the globe, by winning one of these Awards.
From the Sandford Awards:
Do you offer a heritage education service that you are proud of? The Sandford Awards have celebrated and promoted high quality in heritage education since 1978. It is the only scheme in existence able to provide independent quality assurance to sites that run formal education programmes in the UK and Ireland- from museums and historic houses to natural heritage sites and different collections. The Awards provide national recognition and publicity for winning sites and we know that participants welcome the motivation it brings. Our current award holders include the Museum of English Rural Life, M&S Company Archive, Fota Wildlife Park and Hampton Court Palace.
Closing date for entries is Friday 14 February
From Museums + Heritage Awards:
Get set for the ‘Oscars’ of the museum world
The annual Museums + Heritage Awards, now in their eighteenth year, recognise projects of excellence – innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions from museums, galleries and visitor attractions across the UK. These range from remarkable achievements of national institutions to projects crafted with limited resources and those championing their staff and volunteers who work hard to deliver inspiring visitor experiences. These Awards are the very best way to shine the spotlight on your projects and to get your team the recognition they deserve!
The Awards are judged by a panel of the sector’s leading lights including, Maggie Appleton, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Air Force Museum;Diane Lees CBE, Director General, Imperial War Museum; Bernard Donoghue, Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and other leading sector professionals.
The 2020 Awards have thirteen categories and are open to all museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions and their suppliers, no matter what size or budget. They offer an unrivalled opportunity for everyone in this sector to celebrate their successes – see what one of our 2019 winners had to say “Thank you so much for this award it is absolutely thrilling for a small team like us. Absolutely thrilled.” Florence Nightingale Museum, Winners of two awards at the 2019 Awards
More information and helpful resources can be found on – https://awards.museumsandheritage.com/
The Museums Change Lives Awards are now open for entries. After a successful launch at our 2018 conference in Belfast, the awards are back and ready to celebrate museums and individuals delivering a social impact.
Winners will be announced in October at a ceremony at our Brighton conference. The deadline for entries is Friday 9 August.
Judges will look for projects that successfully reflect one or more of the themes of our Museums Change Lives campaign: promoting health and wellbeing, creating better places, and inspiring engagement, reflection and debate.
This year’s awards will have four categories – three for institutions and one for an individual.
Best Museums Change Lives Project
This category recognises the best project in the past year that reflects one or more of the themes of the Museums Change Lives campaign.
Best Small Museum Project
Museums with an annual turnover of less than £320,000 are eligible to apply for this category, highlighting how their institution delivers social impact.
Judge’s Award for Environmental Sustainability
Reflecting the conference’s focus on sustainability, the Judge’s Award will recognise the best example of a museum promoting environmental sustainability either through improvements they have made in reducing their own environmental impact, or in promoting environmentally-friendly behaviour and actions amongst audiences and communities.
Radical Changemaker Award
This award will be open to staff, freelancers and volunteers from across the sector, championing the achievements of an individual in promoting one or more of the themes of Museums Change Lives in their museum.
Director Sharon Heal said: “I think this is a fantastic opportunity for museums to showcase the amazing, life-changing work that they are doing.
“We think these projects and the individuals who drive them deserve recognition, so we’re delighted to be launching these awards for the second time and I’d really encourage applications from across the sector, from all types and sizes of museum.”
For full details and information on how ti enter, click here.
The deadline for entries is 17.30 on Friday 9 August.
From Kids in Museums:
The search for the nation’s most family friendly museum is now on! From today, museums can enter the Family Friendly Museum Award 2019.
Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize 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.
The award was created in 2004 to give family visitors a voice and show that any museum, regardless of size or budget, can create a brilliant experience for families. It is the only museum award in the UK to be judged by families.
Dan Snow, historian, broadcaster and Kids in Museums Ambassador, said: “I’m delighted to declare the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award now open! From visiting museums as a child to now visiting as a parent, I know they can be joyful and inspiring places for all ages. I also understand the challenges of visiting with young children and how small things, like friendly staff and great family trail, can make a big difference. It’s great that this award gives families like mine a powerful voice to say what they want from a museum visit. Let’s get nominating!”
Last year saw Leeds City Museum crowned Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2018. The museum won praise for its helpful staff and great activity programme, including baby-friendly curator talks and ‘Dadstastic’ Days.
Nominations for the Family Friendly Museum Award can be made by anyone – children, parents, carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles – or by museums themselves.
For the first time this year, Kids in Museums has introduced award categories based on museums’ visitor numbers: Small, Medium and Large Museum. Full guidance can be found on the Kids in Museums website.
Nominations close at noon on 31 May 2019.
In June an expert panel will whittle down the nominations to a shortlist. Undercover family judges will then visit each shortlisted museum and assess them on how well they meet the Kids in Museums Manifesto. The Manifesto is a set of simple guidelines created by children, young people and families on what they feel makes museums welcoming and inclusive places. Kids in Museums has today launched an updated version of the Manifesto for museums and families.
The family judges’ experiences will decide the winner for each category. An expert panel will then pick an overall winner to be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2019.
To make a nomination, visit the Kids in Museums website and fill in the online form: www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/awards.
Follow the action on Twitter by following @kidsinmuseums and #FamilyFriendlyMuseum.
The Family Friendly Museum Award has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England and is kindly supported by Edwardian Hotels London.