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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

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