The Museum of Cardiff has been shortlisted for a ‘Kids In Museums Family Friendly Award From Home’ in the ‘best website activity’ category for their ‘My Museum’ activities.
Although currently closed to the public under Coronavirus regulations the museum has continued its work telling the story of Cardiff through a range of online activities for all ages, with the shortlisting panel particularly pleased with the Museum’s work for young people who “were not well served elsewhere.” The panel also praised the museum for their “clear presentation” and the way the range of topics “linked back to the museum’s social history focus.”
The downloadable activities, which are perfect for home-schooling or summer holiday fun were developed in conjunction with local school teachers and designed to support key skills and support intergenerational learning and fun.
The activities explore different themes in Cardiff’s social history – for example history detective activities to help primary school aged children explore the city’s story during World War One, and animated films and presentations aimed at encouraging older children to explore the past in order to understand contemporary subjects. The ‘Protest! Ideas worth fighting for’ activities, for example, explore past activism, empowering young people to stand up for subjects that matter to them as young people today.
Museum Manager, Victoria Rogers said: “We’re really pleased to have been shortlisted – we know the Museum of Cardiff is loved by families but to be nominated this year, given the unusual circumstances which have seen us need to radically and rapidly rethink the way we serve our audience is a real testament to the team here at the museum.”
Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Peter Bradbury said: “The work the team at the Museum of Cardiff have done to deliver digital museum experiences over the last few months has been really well-received by the public. I really value the hard work that goes on there and I will be keeping my fingers crossed that when the winners are announced later this year, the judges recognise what they have managed to achieve in a short space of time, in unprecedented circumstances.”
Over the summer, the museums’ activity will be reviewed by family judges alongside a panel of experts and a winner selected ahead of a final announcement in the autumn.