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 Rachael Crofts, Museum Development Officer Audiences: [email protected].

Year Two April 2019 – March 2020 Programme

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. Since the Briefing Session, London Museum Development have enabled museums to apply for the grants twice. So far this year, we have received strong applications and have awarded the grant to the following museums:

  • Brent Museum and Archives, Brent
  • Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey
  • The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Islington
  • John Wesley’s House and the Museum of Methodism, Islington
  • London Museum of Water and Steam, Hounslow
  • The Musical Museum, Hounslow

Round 3 Family Friendly Grants Programme – now open

The final round of the Family Friendly Programme Grants is now open. London Museum Development have £1,000 (4 grants of £250) to allocate to London’s non-national museums.

Is the Family Friendly Programme grant for you? Can you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions:

  • Do you want to offer a more permanent welcoming offer to children, families and young people?
  • Do you want to make your gallery spaces, cafés and facilities more family friendly and accessible for all?
  • Do you want to work with children, families and or young people to improve your events, displays, exhibitions, marketing and/or social media platforms?
  • Do you want to improve and increase engagement to your children, family and young people events and activities planned for Christmas and February Half Term?
  • Do you want your museum to be a great place to visit for children, families and young people?

If so, we would welcome an application and encourage your museum to apply to this final round of the Family Friendly Programme Grants for 2019-2020.

For more information on eligibility as well as the type of projects the grants programme will support, please download the Guidance for Applicants (PDF 299kb, opens in new tab). When considering applying, London Museum Development strongly suggest you read the new Kids in Museums Manifesto and the Zero and low-cost ways to meet the Kids in Museums Manifesto points (PDF 170kb, opens in new tab).

If you would like to apply, please complete and return an application form (Word 59kb, opens in new tab) to [email protected] no later than 12noon on Monday 27 January 2020. Please note this is a rolling deadline and grants will be awarded on merit as and when they are submitted until the deadline. Applications will be considered until all remaining grants are awarded. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your museum’s project or eligibility for the programme, please contact: Rachael Crofts, MDO Audiences - Tel: 020 7001 9876 / Email: [email protected].

Please note the museum must be signed up to the Kids in Museums Manifesto upon applying to be eligible to apply for the £250 grant.

All the 2019-2020 projects will be completed by March 2020, when London Museum Development will share the projects funded and the lessons learnt.