Released: Thursday 21st July 2016 at 11:55
National Glass Centre named only North East attraction shortlisted for the national Family Friendly Museum Award.
National Glass Centre is delighted to have been the only North East attraction shortlisted for the national Family Friendly Museum Award organised by Kids in Museums.This award gives families the chance to say which museum, gallery, heritage site, science centre or historic home in Britain gives the warmest welcome. The award, sponsored by the Philip Mould Gallery and the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, is the biggest museum award in Britain – and the only one where families pick the winner!
The popular attraction, which is part of the University of Sunderland, aims to inspire people to find out about both traditional and contemporary glass making and its heritage links with Sunderland. The iconic glass building, overlooking the River Wear, invites more than 200,000 visitors each year to explore its exhibitions, glass blowing demonstrations, creative experiences and family activities for all ages.
The Centre really does have something for everyone offering everything from arts and crafts workshops to unique hot glass sandcasting experiences the whole family can enjoy. Rachel Groves, Senior Learning and Engagement Officer, National Glass Centre said; “Many families have become regular visitors and we have watched familiar faces grow up as they make several visits per year, year on year. It’s a pleasure to get to know our visitors and build up a relationship with them over time. It’s incredibly rewarding to hear children talk about the artwork they’ve made over the years and take great pride in their creations– some even have small galleries in their homes!”
The Centre recently ran a project called Glass Beats working with children on the autistic spectrum from Barbara Priestman School. The project provided opportunities for young people with additional educational needs, and experiencing social disadvantage, to make glass instruments and work with musicians to learn how to play the instruments as well as to create a performance for their families, friends and invited guests. Their work was also exhibited at the Centre for three months after the end of the project.
Keith Merrin, Director, National Glass Centre said; “It is very important to us as a visitor attraction to be fun and welcoming for all families. We want all of our visitors to feel at home in the Centre and feel inspired to learn about and participate in our hands on activities to make beautiful art. Therefore this is brilliant recognition for everything we do here at the Centre, especially for local families. We’re very proud to have been shortlisted for this award from so many fantastic entries.”
Dea Birkett, Creative Director of Kids said; ‘It’s great to see the National Glass Centre on the shortlist for the first time and so praised and supported by families and children. It’s a very special place that is committed to putting young people and families at its heart and encouraging new visitors. We wish the Centre best of luck when the undercover family judges arrive!’
National Glass Centre will be in the running with nine other hopeful entrants from across Britain. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at the Wallace Collection in London on Monday 17th October. Fingers crossed for this unique local attraction.
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