Lockdown activities recognised in Family Friendly Museum From Home Awards

National Museum Wales and National Videogame Museum among the winners
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The Glucksman gallery in Ireland won the award for Best International Digital Activity
The Glucksman gallery in Ireland won the award for Best International Digital Activity

Kids in Museums has revealed the winners of its special Family Friendly Museum From Home Awards, which were created to celebrate the “extraordinary effort” museums made to adapt their work and support families during lockdown.

The charity announced the awards in a virtual ceremony this week hosted by TV stars Philip Mould and Kate Williams. Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales) won Best Social Media Activity for its Minecraft your Museum competition, which encouraged young minecrafters to create their own virtual museums on the platform.

The National Videogame Museum in Sheffield scooped the prize for Best Website Activity for its interactive guide, Create Your Own Pixel Art Character, which took children through the basics of pixel art animation.

Wow Wednesdays, a weekly video series by the Cooper Art Gallery in Barnsley, was recognised as Best Film, while the Whitworth gallery in Manchester won the Going the Extra Mile award for its Still Parents art workshops, which support families that have experienced baby loss.

The Glucksman art gallery in Cork, Ireland, won the award for Best International Digital Activity. The gallery’s Creativity at Home programme saw it provide daily creative activities for children during lockdown.

The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 26 nominees, whose activities were tested by families over the summer and judged by an expert panel.

Mould, who is also the president of Kids in Museums, said: “It is a pleasure to celebrate how museums and heritage sites have sprung into action and brought culture to families during this challenging time.

"Our winning museums have not only helped families with home schooling, but also supported their wellbeing and helped them have fun together. Once again we’ve been shown just how valuable the museum sector is to us all. Many congratulations to all our worthy winners.”

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Awards and commendations went to (in order): National Videogame Museum, Cooper Art Gallery, Colchester Museums and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Best Film

Winner

Highly Commended

 

Best Social Media Activity

Winner

Highly Commended

 

Best Website Activity

Winner

Highly Commended

 

Best International Digital Activity

Winner

Highly Commended

 

Going the Extra Mile

Winner

  • The Whitworth, Manchester – Still Parents

Highly Commended

  • Colchester and Ipswich Museums – Museum From Home Activity Packs
  • Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle Upon Tyne – Something to Smile About: Supporting Families in East Newcastle

 

 

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