The proud winners of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2013 with Philip Mould trustee of Kids in Museums.Brixham Heritage Museum representatives Louise Cresswell and Barbara Davies on the left. (Photo courtesy of Telegraph newspaper).
Brixham Heritage Museum is one of the most family friendly museums in Britain.
Undercover family judges have crowned Brixham Heritage Museum the joint winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award alongside The Horniman Museum and Gardens (Forest Hill, south London).
Both museums beat 140 entrants nationally to the coveted top spot for providing outstanding and stimulating experiences for the whole family.
The winners were announced on Friday 13th September at a ceremony at the Telegraph’s offices in Buckingham Palace Road, London. Brixham Heritage Museum sent two representatives: Louise Cresswell and Barbara Davies.
Dr Philip L. Armitage, Curator of the Brixham Museum, said: “We are extremely honoured to be a winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Award, and especially delighted given that our museum compared with others shortlisted is very much smaller in scale. Despite our modest size, the part-time staff and dedicated team of enthusiastic volunteers aim to ensure visiting families have an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Receiving this award judged by the families themselves is a very much appreciated accolade for all the hard work the museum has put in to provide family friendly facilities.”
Tina Mansfield is one of the mums who helped judge the award. She said: “The museum stands out for two reasons. First, the people are really friendly and dedicated and second, the children know that they can play and touch things without worrying that an adult will disapprove. To begin with, my seven-year-old son Ethan thought we were going to a stuffy old museum, but it didn’t feel like that at all. He really enjoyed it.”
Brixham Heritage museum has developed its offer to young children over the past few years through the Mini Museum Project. The project, co-ordinated by the museum, focuses on teaching young children about Torbay’s heritage through a range of early years activities such as mini digs, storytelling, trips and guided walks to sites of local historic interest.
The project is being delivered by Torbay Childminders in partnership with Brixham Heritage Museum, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Torquay Museum and Torbay Council, which contributed £1000 towards the scheme.
The council’s Executive Lead for Culture and the Arts, Councillor Dave Butt, said: “The minimuseum project is a fantastic way of inspiring young people so they can develop, learn and make sense of the world around them whilst having fun. Our museums play such a huge role in encouraging a love of history so it can be enjoyed and protected for generations to come.
“Brixham Heritage Museum is doing such a fantastic job engaging families and I’m so pleased it has been recognised with a national award. It is a tremendous achievement.”