People’s History Museum wins Family Friendly Museum Award

Simon Stephens, 03.10.2017
Manchester venue beats nine other museums to scoop prize
The People’s History Museum in Manchester has won this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award, it was announced this week.

The award, organised by Kids in Museums, is designed to recognise museums that are open and welcoming to all families. The winner is chosen by families themselves.

“As the UK’s national museum of democracy we tell everyone’s story, which is why it is vital that we are accessible and engaging for families,” says Katy Ashton, PHM’s director.

“Our team is dedicated to inspiring our family visitors with innovative programming and fabulous ideas, as well as the warm welcome they extend. So it is truly wonderful that it is families themselves who have recognised these efforts and made this award.”

PHM’s programme of family friendly activities includes story sessions, artist-led workshops, living history performances, Busy Bee explorer packs to help three to six year olds discover the museum, hands-on exhibits in every gallery and family friendly trails. Its Left Bank cafe bar has a dedicated menu for families, activity packs and chalkboard covered coffee tables.

PHM beat off competition from nine shortlisted museums. There were more than 700 nominations this year.

The nine other shortlisted museums are:

  • The Cardiff Story Museum
  • Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
  • Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
  • Jewish Museum, London
  • Rainham Hall, London
  • River & Rowing Museum. Henley-on-Thames
  • Tudor House, Worcester
  • Vale and Downland Museum, Oxfordshire