Award winning Erewash Museum is one of the best family-friendly museums in the country – and that’s official!
The museum was one of only 11 in the UK to be shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2018, billed as the biggest museum award in Britain.
The results were announced on Monday (1st October) during a presentation event at London’s May Fair Hotel, with the top honour going to Leeds City Museum.
Erewash Museum manager Helen Martinez and collections officer Kate Crossley-Halls attended the ceremony and were presented with a certificate to mark the museum’s achievement in reaching the final.
Run by the charity Kids in Museums, the award is the only one where families help to decide the overall winner by anonymously ‘road-testing’ those on the shortlist during the summer.
The chair of Kids in Museums, Emmajane Avery, had previously praised Erewash Museum, saying that local families love the wide range of events and the friendly welcome, all of which was reflected in the huge number of warm and enthusiastic nominations the museum received.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are so proud of our Erewash Museum, it continues to shine on every level and is much loved by the thousands of people who visit every year.
“To have been short-listed for what is the biggest museum award is outstanding and proves once again that we are up there with the very best in the country. It is the latest honour of many top awards over the years – and I’m sure there will be many more to come. Well done to our museum team and all the volunteers who support them and play such an important role.”
Erewash Museum hosts family activities throughout the year, including the popular ‘beach’ in its gardens during the summer, alongside a wide range of exhibitions. Its many awards include being named Derbyshire Museum of the Year for three years, while it has also been honoured for its educational work with local schools and in the local community.
Pictured are Erewash Museum manager Helen Martinez, right, and collections officer Kate Crossley-Halls at the awards presentation this week.