The Horniman Museum and Gardens has won the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award – alongside joint winner Brixham Heritage Museum, Devon – beating four other finalists to the coveted top spot. The win was announced today (Friday 13 September) at a ceremony at the Telegraph’s offices in Buckingham Palace Road, London.
Janet Vitmayer, Director of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, says: 'We are delighted to be a winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award. We welcome thousands of families each year, and our aim is not only to make their visits rich and enjoyable, but also to help foster a lifelong love of the arts and culture in our younger visitors. To be recognised by families themselves for this award is the greatest prize.'
The shortlisted venues were picked in July from a 20-strong longlist by a panel of expert judges including Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, the Telegraph’s Head of Arts and Entertainment Andrew Pettie and Director of Kids in Museums Dea Birkett.
A team of family judges visited each venue anonymously over the summer holidays, to choose the winner.
Dea Birkett, Director, Kids in Museums, says: 'The Horniman has always been a big hitter in the world of family friendly museums, offering events and supporting activities for families which are pioneering in the field. Family friendliness touches everything the museum does, whether it’s the lower handrail for kids to hold on to going down the stairs to the packed-out regular storytelling sessions, they prove that a world class collection and catering to families goes hand in hand. The strong community engagement was particularly noted by the panel of expert judges.'
The five other shortlisted venues were: