Hampton Court Palace longlisted for Family Friendly Awards

Hampton Court Palace longlisted for Family Friendly Awards

Henry VIII's Children

Independent charity Historic Royal Palaces is pleased to announce that Hampton Court Palace has made it onto the long list for the Daily Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2015.

Nominated by the public, Hampton Court Palace has been listed in the top 20 visitor attractions from around the UK. Volunteers from Kids in Museums whittled down these entries from over 800 nominations, to those few that go the extra mile for families.

Hampton Court Palace is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year, with a wealth of exciting events and activities on offer for families throughout 2015. The celebrations have included an interactive ‘Time Quake’ which saw young people taking over the palace in May half-term, the publication of a new activity magazine for families, and at the start of the school summer holidays, new ‘digital missions’ will be freely available to families to help them explore the secrets of the palace.

Movie Maker Mission, an innovative film-making project for families and young people, is also running this year, encouraging children of all ages to produce drawings for inclusion in a film by Aardman Animations. The film aims to capture the 500 year history of Hampton Court Palace in just five minutes, and will premiere at the palace in October half-term. Throughout the summer, drawing and animation workshops will give families more opportunities to get involved and enjoy a great day out.

Elizabeth McKay, Chief Learning & Engagement Officer at Historic Royal Palaces, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to make the long list for such a prestigious and competitive award. We always seek to give visitors of all ages a warm welcome and a wonderful experience at Hampton Court Palace, and work hard to make every aspect of a family visit easy, fun and memorable. This year is jam-packed with events and activities so we hope to welcome many more families for a very special day out over the summer.”

The longlist for the awards is put before a panel of experts, including Kids in Museums' Patron and celebrity children’s author Damian Dibben and historian and broadcaster Helen Castor. They choose a shortlist of six which will be announced in mid-July. That shortlist is then road-tested anonymously by families, who will ultimately select the winner.

For more information on ‘Movie Maker Mission’ and other upcoming family activities at Hampton Court Palace, please visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/Families

Notes to Editors

For press information or images of Hampton Court Palace, please contact the press office at Historic Royal Palaces on press@hrp.org.uk or 020 3166 6166.

Notes for Editors

The Family Friendly Museum Award is sponsored by Telegraph Newspaper Group and gets more nominations than any other museum award in Britain, and probably in the world! Find out more about the Family Friendly Museum Award at www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/awards or www.telegraph.co.uk/museumawards

Historic Royal Palaces is the charity that looks after: Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. We believe in four principles. Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world.  Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work. Registered charity number 1068852. www.hrp.org.uk

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