Family Friendly

This new programme is designed to encourage museums to sign up to and embed the Kids in Museums manifesto.

As part of the programme we will run an annual Family Friendly Briefing Session with Kids in Museums, which will showcase current best practice in family-friendly activities and provide zero-cost tips to help museums meet the Kids in Museums manifesto. From 2019, those museums which have signed up to the manifesto will be able to apply for a small grant to embed an aspect of it in their work.

Grants could be used for purchasing a range of equipment such as baby-changing facilities, family friendly signs, easy-to-use activities for families, or for tablets to be used by children in galleries. By 2022 we are hoping that 60% of London’s non-national, non-NPO museums will have signed up to the manifesto.

In all 8 museums per year between 2019 and 2022 will be supported to:
  • Enable non-national museums to embrace and embed their welcome to children, families and young people
  • Enable non-national museums to use the Kids in Museum Manifesto as a development tool to increase the number of family-friendly museums
  • Increase staff confidence in developing family-friendly activities and work
The Family Friendly Programme is open to the following London museums:
  • Non-national non-NPO accredited museums
  • Non-national non-NPO museums who are officially working towards accreditation
If you have any questions about the Family Friendly Programme please do contact: [email protected].

Year Two April 2019 – March 2020 Programme

Applications are now open for eligible museums to participate in the Year Two Programme. Grants will be available from 2 June – 30 August or until all remaining grants are awarded.

In March 2019 London Museum Development ran its first annual Family Friendly Briefing Session. Delegates were then invited to apply to the associated Family Friendly Grant to support the museum with developing their welcome offer to children, families and young people. London Museum Development have received strong applications from three museums so far.

The first to be awarded the grant are:
  • Bruce Castle, Haringey
  • London Museum of Water and Steam, Richmond
  • The Musical Museum, Richmond
This leaves 5 remaining grants open to application for eligible museums across London. Grant guidance (PDF 295kb, opens in new tab) and application forms (Word 58kb, downloads in window) are now available. All projects will be completed between June 2019 and February 2020, when London Museum Development will share the projects funded and lessons learnt.