Press Releases week beginning 17 June 2019
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery shortlisted for national Family Friendly Museum Award
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award, it was announced today.
Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.
Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. A panel of museum experts then whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist.
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is vying against five other museums in the small museum category and against 15 other museums for the overall Family Friendly Museum Award.
Kim Forward, lead councillor for culture said,
"We are really pleased to be shortlisted for this award because our programme of events pays particular attention to inclusivity and the family. Examples over the last year include Dino Day, Starlings Music, Ask the Expert, quiet early morning openings for A ND children and the Hastings REAL (rigorous, engaging, authentic learning) Programme. It's wonderful that so many people had such a positive experience in our museum that they nominated us for this award-thank you very much!!"
Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said,
"It's great to see Hastings Museum & Art Gallery on the shortlist for this year's Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create a truly enjoyable experience for families. We received a lot of positive feedback from the parents of children with disabilities and with autism, showing the museum is working to welcome everyone. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging."
The museum will now be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, our Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.
Follow the Family Friendly Museum Award on Twitter by following @kidsinmuseums and #FamilyFriendlyMuseum.
The Family Friendly Museum Award has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England and is kindly supported by Edwardian Hotels London.
Art of Life on the Stade
An artist and her subject were reunited 40 years later at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery last Saturday (15th June) at the official opening of 'The Art of Life on The Stade', one of two fishing-related exhibitions which opened then.
Amongst the many paintings on show is one by the artist Laetitia Yhap, who lives locally, famous for her pictures of the fishing beach. One of her early subjects was Paul Joy, now chair of the Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society.
Attached pic shows Laetitia and Paul in front of the work, alongside the mayor of Hastings, Cllr Nigel Sinden, and Cllr Judy Rogers, who opened the exhibition.
The exhibitions run until 27th October.
Help the Community Help Themselves
A community integration and networking event called "Help the community Help Themselves" was held at the Cinnamon Spice restaurant in St Leonards last week, organised by Mohammed Akmol Ali.
The purpose of the event was to bring the community together and share experiences and expertise. In his speech to the group Bilal Ansari spoke about his interpretation of "One Hastings, many voices"; how Hastings, as a diverse community works together to achieve common goals.
Judy Rogers, cabinet member for Hastings Borough Council said,
"I was delighted to be able to attend the lunch generously provided by Cinnamon Spice. The event, supported by the East Sussex Muslim Association proved a great success enabling individuals, charities and community groups to meet and exchange ideas. "