Museum in running for top award

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ASHINGTON’S Woodhorn Museum is one of the most family-friendly in the country, according to a national competition’s judges.

It was chosen from more than 100 nominees to be included in a longlist of 20 contenders for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.

It is the only museum in the north east of England to make the list, compiled by the charity Kids in Museums.

Museum director Keith Merrin said: “We are very pleased and proud to have been recognised in the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award competition.

“It’s a testament to the work we do not only to make visitors of all ages and backgrounds feel welcome but also the innovative projects we undertake working with young people.

“Through projects like Time Travel Northumberland and Heritage Big Brother, we’ve seen local teenagers discover their local history, unleash their creativity, grow in confidence and have fun in the process.

“At the same time, our blockbuster temporary exhibitions have proved a really popular and exciting day out for families”

The museum was nominated for the award by Robert Naylor, 16, one of those who took part in its Time Travel Northumberland project.

“Woodhorn truly cares about the welfare of families in my area, not just about how many people come through its doors,” he said.

Currently on show at the Woodhorn Road museum is exactly the sort of family-friendly exhibition that earned it its award nomination.

Called Invasion, it features costumes and props from TV shows and film including Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek and Mars Attacks!

A shortlist for the award will be announced in April, and the winner will be revealed at a ceremony in May.