Tagged: Families

Creating Family Friendly Interactions Workshop

Creating family friendly interactions in the new normal 

Wednesday 14 October, 10.30am-12.30pm and Thursday 15 October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Kids in Museums and other Museum Development Teams to develop a workshop about interacting with family audiences, that is specifically aimed towards those working in front facing roles.

About this training

As families start to return to museums after lockdown, research shows that this audience want to feel safe, welcome and assured that staff are patient. 

In this virtual training day for front facing museum staff and volunteers, we will:

  • learn why family visitors are an important part of your visitor profile 
  • gain an understanding of the key concerns families have about visiting museums post-lockdown
  • together come up with ways to tackle common scenarios involving family visitors and COVID-19 restrictions
  • explore how you can use playful and safe ways to interact with families in a way that is relevant to your site.

This virtual training session will be delivered over two half day sessions (two hours with a short break). The sessions will be delivered with consultant Sarah Shaw, former National Family Interpretation Manager for English Heritage. In this role she implemented a family friendly training and development programme for all front facing staff and volunteers across the organisation.

Take a look at the schedule attached.

Who should attend?

These training webinars are suitable for those working in front facing roles and interacting with families on a regular basis in your museum. We can only take bookings from staff or volunteers from museums in the North West, North East and Yorkshire. 

Run in partnership with Museum Development North West, Museum Development North East and Museum Development Yorkshire. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Booking information

Free but booking is essential. Places are limited to one per organisation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Booking
To book a ticket, please click here.

Museums@home festival online – 23 August

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From West Cheshire Museums:

Museums@home festival online

Sunday 23rd August 2020

Cheshire’s Heritage Learning Network bring you a one-day online festival packed with family activities to entertain, engage and inspire.

Join us from 11am on Sunday 23rd August

Grosvenor Museum and Stretton Watermill Facebook page.

Templates for activities will be available to download on the day here.

Need more information?

Virginia.kettle@cheshirewestandchester.go v.uk

Register your interest: Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search

Kids in Museums is once again partnering with Walker Books on a new October half term activity for families. They are inviting museums and heritage sites to register their interest in being part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search.

The campaign will celebrate the launch of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search, and encourage families to safely get out and about in museums over the October half term.

Organisations will be sent a free kit with everything you need to host your hunt for Wally. To register your interest in taking part, please fill in their online form and select ‘Museum Development newsletter’ in the how did you hear about us section. Please note that places are limited and this does not guarantee your place. The deadline for registering your interest is 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020.

Kids in Museums have also created a hash tag to encourage museums to share families enjoying themselves back in museums which if you were sending out a newsletter you could include:

#KidsBackInMuseums

Kids in Museums is running a social media campaign to encourage and build confidence in families to visit museums and heritage sites. They are asking museums to share pictures of their family visitors and to encourage families to share theirs on social media using the hashtag #KidsBackInMuseums. Kids in Museums will share these posts to help families hear others’ experiences and know what to expect from a socially distanced visit.

The Family Friendly Museum Award From Home!

From Kids in Museums:kids_in_museums_logo

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

Fantastic for Families Awards – Deadline Extended

From Family Arts Campaign:fantastic_for_family

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 info@fantasticforfamilies.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

Kids in Museums Carnival

From Kids in Museums:

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Kids in Museums Carnival

  • Museum of Liverpool
  • 29 April 2020, 11am-4pm
  • Tickets: £32.93 (We are offering a limited number of free places for staff who are in their first roles within a museum, which will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.)

The Kids in Museums Carnival is a celebration of the work going on across the UK to involve children, young people and families in heritage.

Through lightning talks and interactive workshops, you will hear a range of best practice approaches from the museums shortlisted for our Family Friendly Museum Award 2019. We’ll explore how to be family friendly on a budget, overcome practical barriers, support young people’s mental health, get involved in our programmes and much more!

Take a photo in our selfie booth, drop by our advice stall and try your hand at designing a party hat to celebrate 10 years of Takeover Day.

 

We hope to see you there! Find out more and book your place.

 

Kids in Museums Event: Meaningful consultation with children and families

Monday 24th February
Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Tickets – £92.81

From Kids in Museums:

During this training day we’ll explore a range of techniques for consulting families and children. We’ll explore case studies from Thinktank, the Lapworth Museum of Geology and Westminster Abbey. Charlotte Derry from Playful Places and Happy Museum will also provide top tips for playful consultation with this audience.

The day will help delegates to:

• think about the differences between evaluation and consultation

• gain inspiration from case studies to take your own work forward

• find out about a range of techniques to consult with under 5s, children and families including playful approaches

• explore how to recruit children and families to undertake consultation.

Take a look at the full schedule here.

Who should attend?

This training is aimed at staff who work in museums, art galleries and heritage sites who are interested in exploring ways to meaningfully consult with families and children.

For more details and to book a ticket, visit the eventbrite page.

 

Family Arts Campaign Leadership Symposium

Wednesday 11th March 2020
Museum of London
Tickets – £75.00 + VAT

From the Family Arts Campaign:

This event is open to Chief Executives, Directors and Heads of Department. If you’d like to attend but aren’t sure if you fit this category, please contact anna.dever@thealbany.org.uk before booking.

We are delighted to announce that the Family Arts Campaign will be delivering its national Leadership Symposium on 11th March 2020 at The Museum of London.

This event will focus on Leading Change: Shaping the Future of Family Engagement and invites senior leaders from across the cultural sector to take part in discussing, learning and challenging some of the key issues facing family engagement in the coming years.

The day will include:

  • Rebecca Blackman, National Director for Engagement and Audiences at Arts Council England on the future of arts engagement for families.
  • Transforming Leadership: this workshop from Mark Robinson at Thinking Practice will allow you to challenge existing leadership models. Mark will present thoughts arising from recent work for the Creative People and Places network, Multiplying Leadership in Leadership Communities, and will describe a ‘multiplying leadership’ practice that challenges still dominant patriarchal models. Activity will explore how you can develop your approach to this in your own work and within your networks.
  • Starting Afresh: In this session we will explore how organisations have led / are leading a significant change that has positively impacted family audiences and engagement. Rebecca Holt, Executive Director & Deputy CEO of Battersea Arts Centre, will share their approach to becoming a Relaxed Venue. Our hosts the Museum of London will share the thought process around planning their move to Smithfield, and physical spaces for family audiences.

The day will also be an opportunity to meet, network with, and join facilitated discussions with fellow senior leaders, as well as play a key part of supporting the changes needed in the cultural sector to improve family engagement.

Registration will open at 10.30am for an 11am start and the event will finish at 5pm with a drinks reception until 6pm.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

The day will be Chaired by Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of ARC, Stockton Arts Centre.

For more details and to book a ticket, visit the eventbrite page.

MDNW Family Friendly Programme 2019

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.

The Families

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.

Financial information

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.

Timescales

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 alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

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).

MDNW Family Friendly Programme 2019

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.

The Families

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.

Financial information

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.

Timescales

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 alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

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).