Chichester museums compete for ‘family friendly’ award on national shortlist

Visitors at the Novium Museum in Chichester, which has been shortlisted for a 'family friendly' award. The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is also on this year's shortlist. Photo by Amanda Harwood.
Visitors at the Novium Museum in Chichester, which has been shortlisted for a 'family friendly' award. The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is also on this year's shortlist. Photo by Amanda Harwood.

A ‘family friendly’ award panel has placed two Chichester museums on the shortlist for the national prize.

Both the Novium Museum and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum are competing for the Kids in Museums’ Family Friendly Museum Award.

Undercover museum-going families will visit all of the shortlisted historic attractions over summer to decide which one will claim the title this October.

This year is the first time that either museum has made the award shortlist.

Dan Snow, historian, broadcaster and Kids in Museums patron, said: “When museums get it right for future generations, they get it right for all of us. This award celebrates that.”

The winner will be announced at the Wallace Collection, London on Monday October 17.