The National Army Museum has been longlisted for the family friendly museum award. Pictured: models from the museum's current exhibition, War Horse: Fact & Fiction

20 museums make longlist for family friendly award

Geraldine Kendall, 21.02.2012
Nominees include the National Army Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Kids in Museums has announced the longlist for the 2012 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.

Billed as the biggest museum award in Britain, the 20-strong longlist ranges from social and natural history collections to potteries, sculpture and rural life.

The recently reopened National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Cardiff Story and Liverpool’s World Museum all made the cut. A full list of nominees is below.

The longlist will now be whittled down by a panel of judges headed by Jenny Abramsky, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

After a shortlist is published in the Sunday Telegraph in April, selected families will anonymously test out each facility before picking the winner, which will be revealed in May.

Kids in Museums director Dea Birkett said: “'Museums are changing and visitors are becoming more and more discerning. It's no longer enough to offer a few finger paints for five year olds.

“Visitors have said in their hundreds that they want the whole family – from 15 to a few months – to feel they belong among the mummies and old masters. That's the challenge they’ve set museums.”

Longlisted museums

  • World Museum, Liverpool
  • Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey
  • Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands
  • National Army Museum, London
  • The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent
  • River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Jewish Museum, London
  • Museum of English Rural Life, West Berkshire
  • Brixham Heritage Museum, Devon
  • Geffrye Museum, London
  • The Cardiff Story
  • Cumberland House Natural History Museum, Southsea
  • Manchester Museum
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon
  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives
  • Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Cumbria