York wins Family Friendly prize
York Art Gallery, which reopened last year after an £8m make-over, has won the 2016 Family Friendly Museum Award, given to the museum or gallery that has done most to encourage children to visit and make their experience enjoyable.
“This is the most important thing that’s happened to York Art Gallery since we reopened” said Reyahn King, director of the gallery, on receiving the award yesterday at the historic Charterhouse in central London. “This award celebrates our welcome and what real visitors and families experience. That’s what we’re most proud of.”
The award is the largest to be voted for by museum users, and the gallery – part of York Museums Trust – reopened with comfortable chairs children can use, Welcome team, displays that babies can touch and even lick, low-level labels and sketch pads available.
More than 70 museums were nominated and the shortlist included the Egyptian Centre Museum, Swansea; Manchester Art Gallery; Hampton Court Palace; he National Glass Centre in Sunderland; Novium Museum in Chichester; the River and Rowing Museum at Henley, Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery; the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex; and Wrexham County Borough Museum.
Pictures with their award are Gaby Lees and Reyahn King of York Art Gallery