Small museum is up for big award
A SMALL Torbay museum is in the running for a major national award.
Brixham Heritage Museum is one of six museums in the country to have been shortlisted for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award — the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families.
The small venue, with 9,000 visitors a year, was originally shortlisted in a list of 20 national museums for its accessibility to families and children.
The list was later whittled down to a core of six finalists.
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Brixham Heritage Museum which has about 65 volunteers and a handful of part-time staff, is in competition with museums in London, Newcastle or Liverpool.
Curator Dr Philip Armitage said: "We're really pleased with this nomination. It is great to get this kind of national recognition. It will bring quite a lot of kudos if we win and will encourage more visitors to come and see us."
Dr Armitage said what made the Brixham museum special was its hands-on approach for children and the archeology digs it runs for families on Berry Head.
A spokesman for the awards said: "It's a remarkable achievement for such a small museum, one of the smallest museums to ever reach the shortlist."
The winner will be picked by families visiting the shortlisted museum anonymously and reporting back to the charity Kids in Museums, who runs the Award.
Kids in Museums is now recruiting families to visit Brixham Heritage Museum.
Anyone wishing to take part can contact the award organisers on award@kidsinmu seums.org.uk