How to make museums more appealing to children
Findings from a day-long consultation exercise with 9 to 14 year olds held at the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life. The report describes the activities on offer and the feedback from the children. It then makes recommendations on how to attract more visitors from this age group to museums.
Participants were divided into 2 groups and spent 45 minutes on ‘walkabout’ in the museum. Young people were provided with stickers on which they were asked to record things that interested them and/or that they thought would appeal to other young people their age. The stickers were used later to theme participants’ feedback. The exercise was designed to give the whole group, and facilitators, common points of reference to inform the consultation and to capture initial thoughts and feelings.