Dea Birkett to stand down from Kids in Museums
AI columnist Dea Birkett is to step down from the charity Kids in Museums 15 years after she founded it.
As first director and then creative director, Birkett led it to become a charity in 2006 that is now financially secure as an Arts Council NPO. It was founded after she had led a campaign through the columns of The Guardian newspaper to make museums more family friendly, and it now runs the annual Family Friendly Museum Awards.
She will bow out in March 2018 to head the Circus250 events marking 250 years since the first circus opened.
“Without Dea there would be no Kids in Museums” said Sandie Dawe, chair of Kids in Museums. “It was her inspired idea, and she has been the driving force in ensuring that the UK’s museums, galleries and attractions are more open and welcoming to children and their families. It is always a big moment when the founder of a charity moves on but the legacy that Dea leaves behind is enormous.”