Museums’ project wins media award

Presentation of Pocket Media awards at Woodhorn Museum (left to right) Adam Boothby, Keith Merrin, Daniel Weatheritt, Anne Moore, Jenny Dockett and (front) Lynsey Porter.'REF 0209148327
Presentation of Pocket Media awards at Woodhorn Museum (left to right) Adam Boothby, Keith Merrin, Daniel Weatheritt, Anne Moore, Jenny Dockett and (front) Lynsey Porter.'REF 0209148327

A group of Northumberland museums is celebrating success in an international media competition thanks to a great new series of pocket-sized family trails.

Museums and Archives Northumberland was declared overall Judges’ Choice in the international media competition as well as winner of the Most Creative Design category in the PocketMedia Awards 2014.

The Museum and Archives Northumberland incorporates Woodhorn Museum, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Hexham Old Gaol, and Berwick Museum and Art Gallery as well as Northumberland Archives.

The family trails were developed by the museums as part of a joint project to improve the experience of families.

Director and chief executive of Museums and Archives, Keith Merrin, said: “We wanted to help visitors of all ages have fun exploring our museums and came up with the idea of the family trails.

“The trails had to be informative and interesting, but also user friendly, so a foldable, pocket-sized option was ideal.

“The result was four distinctly different trails highlighting interesting facts about each museum, and the consistent design makes them easily identifiable as part of a family of printed guides to our museums.”

Creative learning and engagement consultant Jenny Dockett and designer/illustrator Daniel Weatheritt were the team behind the trails.

The trails were submitted into the competition thanks to encouragement from the company responsible for getting them printed.

Keith added: “The trails have exceeded our expectations.

“They are already proving really popular with visitors of all ages.

“It’s a bonus to us to know that the industry think the team haven’t just done a great job in producing the trails, but the very best.”