National Videogame Museum shortlisted for National Award for its lockdown activities

National Videogame Museum shortlisted for National Award for its lockdown activities

23 July 2020

The National Videogame Museum (NVM) has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award From Home.

Kids in Museums has run a prestigious annual award for the past 15 years, recognising the most family friendly heritage sites in the UK. This year, the charity asked families and museums to vote for what they thought was the best online activity for families during lockdown. A panel of museum experts whittled down over 400 nominations to a shortlist of 26 museums.

The National Videogame Museum was recognised for its NVM At Home activities, which included workshops such as ‘Create Your Own Pixel Art Character’. The activities are all still available to download on the NVM’s website, and are designed for kids aged 7 - 14. They were supported by live streamed tutorials, that have been watched by hundreds of young people.

The National Videogame Museum recently announced that it was launching an online Saturday club, Pixelheads, that will run throughout the Summer Holidays. It is hoped that hundreds more young people join the live streams, so that they can learn all about videogames.

Leah Dungay, Learning Officer at the NVM said “We are delighted to be recognised by Kids in Museums for our activities. We started our NVM At Home activities to give parents and kids a chance to learn skills around videogames whilst they were in lockdown. We're glad our audiences have enjoyed them and we're really excited for our online Pixelheads clubs this summer.”

Every Saturday throughout the Summer Holidays, the NVM will be live on their YouTube channel to present fun activities, lets plays, quizzes, conversations about favourite games and more. To find out more and get involved head to: www.thenvm.org/pixelheads

Meanwhile, NVM will also be vying against four other museums in the Best Website Activity Category. Over the summer holidays, family judges will try out all the activities and their feedback will decide a winner and highly commended award for each category. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

Based in Sheffield, The National Videogame Museum is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to the collection and preservation of videogame culture, and one of the world’s leading institutions in this field. 

Like all museums, the NVN has been closed during lockdown but is now making preparations to reopen safely in the next few months. For more details about the NVM, please visit: http://www.thenvm.org