We are proud to have signed up to the Kids in Museums Manifesto, a set of guidelines created by children, young people and families describing what makes a museum a great place to visit.
Since opening in January 2019, we have seen an increasing number of families and young people visit the museum and, using the Kids in Museums Manifesto as a guide, we are looking forward to welcoming even more. As a museum we are constantly growing and learning and are passionate about actively engaging with children and their families in the local community and beyond, reflecting their interests and needs so that we can continue to educate and inspire generations to come.
We aim to make everyone’s visit to the museum educational, interesting and fun and therefore provide a range of family learning opportunities, from listening to our interactive ‘Discovery tablets’ to engaging with our Morse Code machines and taking part in hands-on activities, songs, story-telling and object handling activities in our weekly Under 5s sessions.
Our formal schools learning workshops provide hands-on discovery-based learning opportunities for pupils with object handling sessions allowing them to get close to, try on and ask questions about authentic historical objects. Nothing beats the sight of a student’s eyes lighting up as they see a real gas mask or try on an Air Raid Warden’s helmet and shake a gas rattle for the first time – these are true ‘lightbulb moments’ that help children form connections to the past in a meaningful and memorable way.
Our fantastic team of volunteers and staff are always on hand to welcome families and to make sure they have the information they need to make the most of their visit and to have fun whilst they’re here. Our facilities include a café with hot and cold food and drinks available at great prices and there are also picnic benches outside for families to enjoy. We have baby changing facilities and our museum is step-free and completely accessible for prams and buggies.
We have family tickets available to help with the financial cost of a visit and Under 5s can visit for free. We also have an audio-described tour, large print and braille guides available at the museum entrance. Our carpark has disabled spaces which you can reserve in advance.
Find out more about family events at the museum on our museum website www.bhmm.org.uk, on our facebook page facebook.com/BigginHillMMT and on Twitter @BigginHillMMT. So that we can provide the best possible experience for young people and their families, we would love to hear about visitors’ experiences at the museum and welcome feedback via our feedback forms located at the reception desk or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to the museum.