[rurallife] Rural Life Centre listed for Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award

  • From: Rural Life Centre <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 12:35:29 +0100

Thanks to enthusiastic visitors nominating and voting for Tilford's museum
of country life, the Rural Life Centre is proud to announce that it has been
chosen by the award panel from over 140 nominated museums to appear in the
list of the top twenty.

"It’s the thrill of the real that visitors were looking for in this year’s
entries for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award," says the Kids in
Museums website (http://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/awards/ ), "But the very best
family friendly museums don’t only let us look at their collection, but
handle and hold it too. Children are no longer being told off for stroking
the stuffed walrus or creaking open the wooden tea chest. Instead they’re
being positively encouraged to do so."

"It's great to see Rural Life on the longlist for the Telegraph 
Family Friendly Museum Award. We had more nominations than ever this 
year, so the competition was very tough. It's a tribute to their 
commitment to being family friendly which means they've made it this 
far. Families particularly pointed out the imaginative and exciting 
activities on offer - from putting out an imaginary roof fire to 
making plaster casts of fossils. It just goes to show how important 
museums can be in our communities. Good luck to Rural Life for the 
next stage,' says Dea Birkett, Director, Kids in Museums."

The 20 listed museums now go forward to be judged by a panel of experts
chaired by Jenny Abramsky of the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce a
shortlist which will be announced in early July.

Then the shortlisted museums will be "road-tested" anonymously by real
families to determine the eventual winner. Families wishing to get involved
in the final judging round are invited to contact the panel through the Kids
in Museums website.

Last year the award was won by Haslemere Educational Museum so let's hope
the unique Rural Life Centre can keep the award in the local area this year.

Rural Life Centre           Old Kiln Museum Trust
Reeds Road, Tilford, Surrey, GU10 2DL
01252 795571                (Reg. charity 289150)

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