Leeds has the friendliest museum
The Kids in Museums charity has chosen Leeds City Museum as this year’s Family Friendly Museum of the Year.
The winner, beating ten other shortlisted museums, was announced today by art dealer and broadcaster Philip Mould at London's May Fair Hotel.
Originally established in 1821, 2018 marks ten years since Leeds City Museum reopened in the former Mechanics’ Institute. Run by the Leeds Museums and Galleries (LMG), the largest local authority-run museum service in England, it stood out for its “warm and welcoming staff”, said family voters.
Over 90,000 children went to Leeds City Museum in 2017, most of them with their families. The museum holds regular groups for all ages, from under 5s to 22-year-olds, who have even contributed to museum displays and hosted events. Baby-friendly curator talks, signposted selfie points, “Dadstastic Days”, all featured during the year.
“It was an extremely competitive year, with 11 brilliant venues in the shortlist, but the team in Leeds really impressed our family judges with their great welcome and willingness to help, as well as their varied and dynamic year-round public activities” said Kinds in Museums chair Emmajane Avery. My congratulations to everyone at Leeds City Museum and the undoubted inspiration they bring to the next generation of historians and culture lovers.”
The Family Friendly Museum Award is supported by Edwardian Hotels London.