23rd Oct, 2017

Family friendly fun at museum

A POPULAR Worcester museum has been shortlisted as one of the top ten family friendly museums in the UK.

Tudor House Museum in Friar Street is now in with a chance of winning the annual Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum 2017 award.

The museum, which is based in a mid-1500s Grade II listed building, has been run by the Worcester Heritage & Amenity Trust group of volunteers since 2004.

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, over the past 13 years the museum has grown by gradually increasing its opening hours, events programme and visitor numbers. 15,000 people now visit the museum every year.

The volunteers have also made sure visitors of all ages are welcome by providing high chairs, baby changing, buggy parking and trails that appeal to boys and girls, as well as dressing up clothes for adults and children.

The Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award, launched in 2004, is held every year and is based on public nominations.

Tudor House Museum, along with the nine other venues shortlisted, will be visited anonymously by families over the summer using the Kids in Museums mini manifesto as a guide to their family friendliness. The winner will then be announced in October.

Tonia Collett, manager of the Tudor House Museum, said: “We’re so proud that Tudor House Museum has been shortlisted as one of the top ten family friendly museums in the UK.

“Credit must go to the incredible volunteers here at Tudor House Museum who go out of their way to make sure every visitor feels welcome. They have been creative in their approach to making the museum family friendly, and innovative in developing events that appeal to families.

“Size isn’t important, its how you make the families visiting you feel, and here we’ve always prided ourselves on making everyone, regardless of age and ability, feel welcome and included.”

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