Erewash Museum in Ilkeston has achieved national recognition, with confirmation that it’s been shortlisted for a Family Friendly Museum Award.
The museum was shortlisted for the prestigious national award last year.
To be a finalist again is a big achievement, with organisers saying they received an ‘overwhelming’ number of nominations from local families praising Erewash Museum.
The annual award scheme is run by the charity Kids in Museums. It aims to celebrate museums, galleries and heritage attractions that go the extra mile in providing a great experience for families.
Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. A panel of experts then whittled down more than 800 nominations to a final shortlist.
For the first time this year, the charity has introduced three categories and Erewash Museum has been shortlisted for the Small Museum Award.
Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “To have been nominated once again for this award really is a credit to all the staff and volunteers that run Erewash Museum and who devote their time to encouraging visitors, young and old, to discover the rich history our borough has to offer.
“Their organisation of the hugely popular event days and themed weeks is also second to none. Fingers crossed for everyone involved!”
Emmajane Avery, chair of Kids in Museums, added: “It’s great to see Erewash Museum on the shortlist for the Family Friendly Museum Award for the second year running.
“To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families.
“We received an overwhelming number of family nominations for Erewash, proving the museum continues to be the ‘go-to’ affordable day out for local families.
“We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”
All the finalists will now be visited by undercover family judges over the summer and their assessments will decide a winner in each category.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.
Residents can keep up-to-date with the Family Friendly Museum Award on Twitter via the @kidsinmuseums channel.