Kids in Museums is an organisation that works with museums nationwide in a bid to make them more welcoming for children, young people and families. We have been involved with various Kids in Museums initiatives over the years, including Digital Takeover days, Museum Takeover Days, film-making and the Family Friendly Museum Award.

The last time we were able to take part in Kids in Museums Takeover Day was in 2019 when we opened our doors to a group of young people to come and "take over" The Lightbox.

Seven young people from the local area spent a day at The Lightbox taking control of different departments. They took over our social media channels, wrote creative responses to our artwork on display and planned new workshops for us to run for other children and young people. They also got the opportunity to have a Q&A session with our Director, Marilyn Scott, to ask her anything they wanted about careers in museums and art galleries. 

The Family Friendly Award is presented annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site that has made outstanding efforts to welcome children and families through their doors. Launched in 2004, we were shortlisted in 2014 for this award for our programme for children, families and young people.

Back in 2015 some of our Young Creatives worked on a project with Kids in Museums. The young people who took part, shot and starred in their own film to tell museums 'How I See It'. Three groups of young people – from the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (Guildford), The Lightbox and the River and Rowing Museum (Henley-on-Thames) – ‘swapped’ museums to film what they want from a museum visit.

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