On the Bank holiday weekend we went on a secret mission for Kids in Museums. Our mission was to secretly judge Brixham Heritage Museum and find out what they were all about.
I had never heard of Kids in Museums until I came across them on twitter, so was pleased to see that they are trying to encourage families and especially kids to visit their local museums and get involved. Their aim is to involve people with a hands on attitude, none of this Don’t Touch stuff, while still having a wealth of information available.
We think Brixham Heritage Museum had this in bucket loads, from the minute that we walked in and our warm welcome, the fun kids quizzes and also the digging for dinosaur bones. We had a great morning in the museum, and the boy liked it so much that we went round twice. We were thrilled when we found out that after two years of nominations, that Brixham had been chosen as a joint winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, along with London’s Horniman Museum. I was surprised when I was asked to do and interview with the Telegraph but as it was on the phone it wasn’t too scary and you can see my quote in this Sundays Telegraph, along with the full article and award winners.
Brixham is a local history museum, and was in a small building which used to be the police station, but this didn’t limit the appeal and was well worth the trip. There was plenty to keep a lively seven-year old amused and lots fol little ones to get involved with too. From colouring and sticking to quizzes, dressing up, railways, toys and even a sand play area. You certainly wouldn’t think from the outside that they were able to squeeze all this into such a small building.
With no need for parents to worry about kids touching things as all the bits you can’t touch are behind windows! There was lots to see and plenty to learn about the surrounding area. This has certainly encouraged us to find out more about our local area and the museums we have. If you feel inspired to get involved then please visit the Kids in Museums website where you will find lots of information on over 140 nominated museums as well as the shortlisted 6. If you have an amazing local museum why not nominate them for next years award, and get involved.
Disclaimer: We were pleased to be asked to secretly judge the Brixham Heritage museum and were helped with some travel expenses, but this in no way changed how we judged or voted for the museum.