Staff and volunteers at Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire are celebrating after being longlisted in the prestigious Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award.
More than 100 museums were nominated for this, the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families. It is run by Kids in Museums, a visitor-led charity working with museums to make them family-friendly.
“Thrilled to bits”, was the reaction from Cara Marchant, Marketing Manager at Crich. “It is a real honour to be chosen as one of the top 20 Museums for families. I’d like to thank all those who voted for us and extend an invitation to anyone who hasn’t visited in recent years to come and take a ride on a tram and see for themselves the fantastic new developments that make Crich Tramway Village a great day out for all the family.”
‘The competition to get on the longlist for this year’s Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award was fierce, so Crich Tramway Village have beaten off some tough contenders to get here. The visitors who nominated them were impressed with the backpacks stuffed with binoculars and other exciting things, the play areas, the friendly staff and great tearoom. Visitors also commented on how much more family friendly Crich Tramway Village has become, demonstrating an increasing commitment to welcoming everyone. The Award is about rewarding such change.’ Dea Birkett, Director, Kids in Museums
The news of the award comes in a year where Crich has some exciting new developments. Last year saw the opening of the new Century of Trams Exhibition and this summer will see the opening of a major new attraction the Stone Workshop Learning & Discovery Centre, a Heritage Lottery funded project to restore George Stephenson’s stone workshop into a brand new visitor facility with the needs of families and children at its heart.