Today we are delighted to announce that the Egypt Centre has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums’ Family Friendly Award in the Best Small Museum category. Kids in Museums has run this prestigious annual award for sixteen years, recognising the most family-friendly heritage sites in the UK. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.
From late March to early June, families across the UK voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. A panel of museum experts then whittled down hundreds of nominations to a shortlist of sixteen heritage attractions. The Egypt Centre is vying against four other museums in the Best Small Museum category.
Over the summer holidays, the museum will be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the shortlisted museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2022. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.
The Egypt Centre has worked to be family-friendly since we opened in 1998. Every Saturday the Museum is run by our young volunteers who invigilate the galleries, welcome visitors and facilitate our public activities. We also have a busy Summer Programme in the works, details of which will be released soon so keep an eye on our website and social media.
We are over the moon to be shortlisted for this award. It has been a tough few years for the Egypt Centre with COVID-19 closures and then getting to grips with reopening and serving our communities with restrictions in place. This is a wonderful testament to our staff and volunteer who have all worked so hard over the past months.
You can follow the Family Friendly Museum Award on social media by following @kidsinmuseums and #FamilyFriendlyMuseum.