06.06.2012 / Museums / 0 Comments
Telegraph award goes to Surrey
Haslemere Museum, once an archetype of a traditional local museum, has won the family Friendly Museum Award, now sponsored by the Telegraph.
An independent museum, the winner beat the World Museum, Liverpool; Brixham Heritage Museum, Devon; Wolverhampton Art Gallery; National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; and Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands.
Chosen from reports by "secret" family judges, Haslemere was the choice of Sandra Tellyn, who visited with her three children as one of the judges, who said: "The volunteers couldn't have been more welcoming. Everyone we spoke to gave more than they had to. They were just amazing. It's a little haven".
The competition is run by the charity Kids in Museums whose patron, Mariella Frostrup, said: "This award is important because it gives a real voice to families and children - letting them say what works in a museum for them. They chose Haslemere not because of an outstanding collection - even though there's a lovely stuffed bear, a giant spider crab and even an Egyptian mummy - but because of the welcome they received. Nothing was too much for the staff and volunteers. It's a gem."
The Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award is the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families. Kids in Museums received more nominations for this year's award than ever before from over 600 families, showing how important museums are to children and families and how many are getting it right.
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