Kids in Museums

Kids in Museums We work with museums to help them welcome and include children, young people and families. Registered charity 1123658
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Working with museums to help them welcome and include families, teenagers and children. Our Manifesto is complied entirely from visitors comments and encourages and supports museums, galleries and historic houses to make children, young people and family visits more enjoyable. Our projects include Takeover Day, Family Fortunes, Babies, Teens and Digital workshops, Flexible Family Ticket and Your Museum Cafe. We also run The Family Friendly Museum Award annually.

We’re back with more ideas on how to keep the kids inspired and occupied at home, with the help of your favourite museum...
30/03/2020
10 heritage happenings to try at home this week - Kids in Museums

We’re back with more ideas on how to keep the kids inspired and occupied at home, with the help of your favourite museums.

Here are 10 heritage happenings to try at home this week: bit.ly/2WTx7e7

Featuring Ashmolean Museum, The Cooper Gallery, Sain Ffagan: Amgueddfa Werin Cymru - St Fagans National Museum of History, Great North Museum: Hancock, The National Videogame Museum, English Heritage, Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust, Victoria and Albert Museum, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and National Museums Scotland. 👏

We’re back with more ideas on how to keep the kids inspired and occupied at home, with the help of your favourite museums.

Here's a great guide from the Art at the Start project with Psychology - University of Dundee and Dundee Contemporary Ar...
29/03/2020
Ideas and Recipes | Art at the Start

Here's a great guide from the Art at the Start project with Psychology - University of Dundee and Dundee Contemporary Arts on making sensory play with young children whilst stuck at home: https://sites.dundee.ac.uk/artatthestart/ideas-and-recipes/

Ideas and Recipes On this page we will list recipes or ideas for art and sensory play that you might try as they come up from our blog posts. Making coloured rice for sensory trays Rainbow rice sensory tray Big box paintings Salt dough clay Bubble Painting Circle paintings Shaving foam marbling Bubb...

Here's a challenge for the weekend from Nottingham Contemporary. 👇
28/03/2020

Here's a challenge for the weekend from Nottingham Contemporary. 👇

For this weekend's digital Family Activities, be inspired with Denzil Forrester's vibrant, life-size paintings capturing movement and music.

Put on your favourite music, and create "party people" from your family's clothes. Arrange your clothes to make it look like people are dancing, and then send us your pictures using #ncmaking.

You could even add yourself to the picture!

https://bit.ly/2y2EyoH

Happy Friday! 🎉We love this idea to make your own 'Museum of Very Small Things'. What objects can you find round your ho...
27/03/2020

Happy Friday! 🎉

We love this idea to make your own 'Museum of Very Small Things'. What objects can you find round your house that tell your story?

An activity for our heritage explorers while they can't visit #WheelsofTime museums and heritage sites:

Make your very own 'Museum of Very Small Things'! Collect at least 10 very small things, then find or make some kind of container to hold them.

If you want to be a bit more creative write out some details of each object:
- what it is
- some history of, or special memories relating to, the object (for this exercise you can make up a story about the object)
- how you came to have it

These details would be put in the description section of an Object Entry (or Acquisition) Form when an object is given or lent to a museum. We've shown an example of a complete Object Entry Form with notes about the details that a museum includes (from Collections Trust).

Our thanks to Chris Dixon, Arts and Cultural Industries Manager at Ashford Borough Council for the idea.
https://twitter.com/chrisdixonworks/status/1243208525209317376

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We've made the decision to postpone this year's Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.🏆We are considering how the...
24/03/2020

We've made the decision to postpone this year's Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.🏆

We are considering how the award can still be a positive and valuable force, as museums adjust to closure and as families engage with places they love in new ways. We'll keep you posted.

Though museums and heritage sites are currently closed, there are a whole host of fun digital activities that you can en...
23/03/2020
10 museum activities to keep children entertained - Kids in Museums

Though museums and heritage sites are currently closed, there are a whole host of fun digital activities that you can enjoy from home.

Here are ten ways to keep children (and adults!) entertained while you’re stuck indoors: bit.ly/2QDUPaa

With museums and heritage sites closed to the public due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve put together some of the fun digital activities that you can enjoy from home.

Fantastic to hear that the National Trust is aiming to keep its gardens and parks open for free during this difficult ti...
19/03/2020
Latest statement on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Fantastic to hear that the National Trust is aiming to keep its gardens and parks open for free during this difficult time. 🍃🌼🌳 Remember to check the website before you visit.

More info in their statement:

The National Trust's latest statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here:

In light of the new government advice on COVID-19, many museums, galleries and heritage sites are now temporarily closed...
18/03/2020
The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources | MCN

In light of the new government advice on COVID-19, many museums, galleries and heritage sites are now temporarily closed to the public.

However there are a whole host of online resources and activities for children and families to keep us entertained. Here are just a few of the resources available. We’ll be working to share more with you over the coming days and weeks.

The Kids in Museums Team is now working from home and is contactable by email or phone: www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/contact-us

If you’re a member of museum staff, we are still here to support you and your work. What would you like to see from us? Let us know in the comments. 👇

https://t.co/yeQcItuKgJ

Check our list (updated daily) to access to endless open content, educational resources for e-learning, and virtual retreats to art, culture, and history.

Preston Park Museum and Grounds in Stockton has put our Kids in Museums Manifesto into action by improving its provision...
16/03/2020

Preston Park Museum and Grounds in Stockton has put our Kids in Museums Manifesto into action by improving its provision for families with autism. #ManifestoMonday

The museum runs relaxed openings once a month when sound effects are turned off and darker areas lit up.

Visitors can also view the museum’s visual story to help plan and prepare before their visit. We love the museum's dedicated Accessibility web page, which includes helpful information for many different visitors. 👏

Today is World Sleep Day. Exploring museums can be tiring work! We love this snap from Baby Takeover Day at the Great No...
13/03/2020

Today is World Sleep Day. Exploring museums can be tiring work! We love this snap from Baby Takeover Day at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle. 😴

Our annual Digital Takeover Day is on Friday 3 July. 📱Once again we’re encouraging museums to hand over their social med...
12/03/2020
Digital Takeover Day - Kids in Museums

Our annual Digital Takeover Day is on Friday 3 July. 📱

Once again we’re encouraging museums to hand over their social media accounts to young people for the day.

We want to empower young people and help heritage sites to see their collections from a different perspective.

Museum can sign up on our website today! bit.ly/2DvW8kR

Here are some of our favourite ideas from previous events:

📽 Young people at Aerospace Bristol created a Makaton guide to the museum.

🎙 A work experience student created a new audio guide at De Morgan Foundation.

📸 Teens at the Henry Moore Institute made creative graphics for social media based on the artworks.

🖌 Takeover Day participants got to colourise photographs from the collection at the Royal Cornwall Museum - Truro.

Digital Takeover Day empowers young people to make their voices heard by taking control of museums’ social media accounts. Find out how and why to sign up.

To celebrate National Careers Week last week, we asked a group of museum professionals to share their experience and adv...
10/03/2020

To celebrate National Careers Week last week, we asked a group of museum professionals to share their experience and advice about starting work in the heritage sector.

From curators to gardeners, here's their advice: bit.ly/2T1jiaW

To celebrate National Careers Week last week, we asked a group of museum professionals to share their experience and advice about starting work in the heritage sector.

From curators to gardeners, here's their advice: bit.ly/2T1jiaW

For today’s #ManifestoMonday, we’re giving you a closer look at the Royal Academy of Arts Picasso And Paper exhibition f...
09/03/2020

For today’s #ManifestoMonday, we’re giving you a closer look at the Royal Academy of Arts Picasso And Paper exhibition family labels.

A friendly chameleon will help you spot the labels, which include creative prompts to get you thinking about artistic techniques. 🎨🦎

Happy International Women’s Day!  We are proud to work with many amazing women in the sector inspiring the next generati...
08/03/2020

Happy International Women’s Day!

We are proud to work with many amazing women in the sector inspiring the next generation. ✨

There's one week left to apply for our Kids in Museums Trustee vacancy. Do you want to help support and direct the work ...
05/03/2020
Vacancies - Kids in Museums

There's one week left to apply for our Kids in Museums Trustee vacancy.

Do you want to help support and direct the work of Kids in Museums? See the full details on our website: bit.ly/2qEXeqY

Vacancies Want to work for Kids in Museums? Check our latest job opportunities here. A pupil tries their hand at being a librarian at the National Library of Wales on Takeover Day. Kids in Museums Trustee Kids in Museums is seeking to recruit a new member of its Board of Trustees. The Board of Trust...

As well as yesterday's blog, we also released a brand new resource for National Careers Week:A Guide to Careers in Museu...
04/03/2020
A Guide to Careers in Museums and Galleries - Kids in Museums

As well as yesterday's blog, we also released a brand new resource for National Careers Week:

A Guide to Careers in Museums and Galleries, in partnership with the Creative Industries Federation and Creative Careers Programme.

The guide is designed to help young people understand what careers are available in the heritage sector. bit.ly/2Pvgm4d

Take a look at our guide to careers in museums and galleries for young people, created in partnership with the Creative Industries Federation and Creative Careers Programme.

To celebrate National Careers Week, we asked a group of museum professionals to share their experience and advice about ...
03/03/2020
How to get started in the museums and heritage sector - Kids in Museums

To celebrate National Careers Week, we asked a group of museum professionals to share their experience and advice about starting work in the heritage sector.

From curators to gardeners, here's their advice: bit.ly/2T1jiaW

What advice would you give young people starting their careers? Let us know in the comments.

To celebrate National Careers Week, we asked a group of museum professionals to share their experience of starting work in the heritage sector.

Have you visited the MiniBrum Gallery at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum? #ManifestoMondayThe museum designed the g...
02/03/2020

Have you visited the MiniBrum Gallery at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum? #ManifestoMonday

The museum designed the gallery with over 800 children and families. MiniBrum is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) city for early years. It gives children confidence to think like scientists in a real-life context, from construction to looking after animals: to test ideas, problem solve and create. 👩‍🔬

There's still plenty of time to book your ticket for our Kids in Museums Carnival in April.We've got a packed programme ...
28/02/2020
The Kids in Museums Carnival is back! - Kids in Museums

There's still plenty of time to book your ticket for our Kids in Museums Carnival in April.

We've got a packed programme of best practice examples from the museums shortlisted for our Family Friendly Museum Award 2019. 👇 bit.ly/371AkK5

Join Kids in Museums at our conference with a difference at the Museum of Liverpool on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

Consultation on Sudbury Hall & The National Trust Museum of Childhood's transformation into the Children's Country House...
27/02/2020
Garden Consultation

Consultation on Sudbury Hall & The National Trust Museum of Childhood's transformation into the Children's Country House began during February half term.

The children's feedback on the gardens was compiled in this fab illustration. 🤩

You can read more about the project on their blog: childrenscountryhouse.co.uk/2020/02/24/garden-consultation

As part of the Children’s Country House we are redeveloping our garden to create an immersive children’s garden experience, designed with children, for children. Sudbury’s new garden will combine h…

How can museums and heritage sites play a role in supporting young people's mental health and wellbeing? Take a look at ...
26/02/2020
How can museums support children and young people’s mental health? - Kids in Museums

How can museums and heritage sites play a role in supporting young people's mental health and wellbeing?

Take a look at our most recent blog: bit.ly/36UJfN0

What other blogs would you like to see from us? Let us know in the comments. 🤔👇

We spoke to Victoria Hume, Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance, about how the heritage sector is responding to “one of the major challenges our society faces”.

This morning our #ManifestoMonday is from Torquay Museum. 🎟The museum recognises families come in all shapes and sizes t...
24/02/2020

This morning our #ManifestoMonday is from Torquay Museum. 🎟

The museum recognises families come in all shapes and sizes through its ticketing offer. Tickets are valid for a year and there are rates for large and small families, adults, children (under 3s are free) and concessions, including senior citizens, students and those in receipt of benefits.

Do you buy a family ticket when you visit a museum or heritage site?

22/02/2020
+1,5°C Lo cambia todo

Have you seen this video from Museo Nacional del Prado and WWF?

Four well-known masterpieces from the museum’s collection were selected to highlight the environmental consequences of climate change - via MuseumNext --> bit.ly/2HCfTJk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=50&v=pAtmZjij_cw&feature=emb_title

WWF y el Museo del Prado, con motivo de la Cumbre del Clima COP25, alertamos de los impactos del cambio climático a través de sus obras maestras. Muestran có...

20/02/2020
University of Cambridge Museums

“Going to The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge really inspired me that art isn’t just a thing: it's emotion - it shows how the painter feels and that museums are magical places." Matilda, age 9

Children from 32 schools created artwork as part of the University of Cambridge Museums Inspire project --> bit.ly/37BXVRK Here's what they thought of having their work on display!

Children from St Peters C of E Junior School in Wisbech tell us how it feels to see their work in The Fitzwilliam Museum's Inspire exhibition. More information here: https://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/blog/2020/01/31/inspire-a-celebration-of-childrens-art/

Here's a first look at plans for the V&A Museum of Childhood's transformation 👀👇The new museum design has been developed...
19/02/2020

Here's a first look at plans for the V&A Museum of Childhood's transformation 👀👇

The new museum design has been developed with local schoolchildren, teachers, SEND and community groups and families. What do you think?

We are excited to give you a first glimpse into the transformation of the Museum of Childhood.

Although our doors will close for two years, we will re-open with a world class collection and immersive displays. Discover more about the transformation: https://fal.cn/36Bcu

As part of the Unbound exhibition at Two Temple Place, hundreds of children are contributing a massive artwork depicting...
18/02/2020

As part of the Unbound exhibition at Two Temple Place, hundreds of children are contributing a massive artwork depicting what it means to be a young Londoner today. 🏙

Londoners aged 15 or under can add their own hexagon at
Two Temple Place on Saturday, or 9/11 April.

Shipwreck Explorers is The Mary Rose Museum's family activity trail, helping families to explore together in their own t...
17/02/2020

Shipwreck Explorers is The Mary Rose Museum's family activity trail, helping families to explore together in their own time. ⛵ #ManifestoMonday

The trail's six chests contain artefacts, dressing up clothes and hands-on activities. Families can try their hand at laying the Captain's table and seeing how tall you are compared to the ship's sailors.

Children can stamp their trail when they have completed the activity at each location and receive a pop badge as a prize on leaving the museum. 🏵

Anyone planning a visit over half term? We'd recommend a trip!

15/02/2020
Wimbledon Museum Teen Takeover

In January, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum invited local teenagers to explore their collection for Kids in Museums Takeover Day. Here's what they found 👇 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-DydGNQVE8

The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum invited teenagers from the local area to explore our collection - and here's what they found... This is the official Wimbled...

Congratulations to Beamish Open Air Museum, Barbican Centre and Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre! 👏👏These three her...
14/02/2020

Congratulations to Beamish Open Air Museum, Barbican Centre and Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre! 👏👏

These three heritage sites have been chosen as Venues of the Year by Euan's Guide - a charity that helps people with disabilities find great places to go.

Find out why on the Euan's Guide website 👉 euansguide.com/news/the-top-accessible-venues-to-visit-in-2020

We are looking for a new Trustee to join the Kids in Museums Board.Do you support our mission to involve children, young...
12/02/2020

We are looking for a new Trustee to join the Kids in Museums Board.

Do you support our mission to involve children, young people and families in heritage? Would you like to help direct the future of our charity? Do you have experience working in finance? We want to hear from you!

Find out more and apply 👉 bit.ly/2qEXeqY

📸 Takeover Day at Lauderdale House © Jayne Lloyd

Battersea Arts Centre - BAC​ in London has become the world's first Relaxed Venue. It aims to embed access and inclusivi...
11/02/2020
Battersea Arts Centre becomes the world’s first Relaxed Venue on 7 February 2020 - Disability Arts Online

Battersea Arts Centre - BAC​ in London has become the world's first Relaxed Venue. It aims to embed access and inclusivity across all of its activities.

A relaxed approach can benefit a range of audiences, including people with autism and learning disabilities.

Find out more 👇 https://disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/battersea-arts-centre-becomes-the-worlds-first-relaxed-venue/

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