Friday October 6 2017

The Red House, Aldeburgh, the home of British composer and Suffolk local Benjamin Britten from 1957-1976 has been shortlisted for the Family Friendly Award by the Association for Suffolk Museums.

Following the success of Summer in Suffolk Museums, more than 30 museums across the county offered a wide range of holiday activities and events for families. Visitor feedback collected over the summer played an important part in selecting the shortlists.

The Britten-Pears Foundation, that runs The Red House, held weekly, themed outdoor activities such as Britten’s Mugs – making instruments inspired by Britten’s ‘slung mugs’ in his 1958 opera Noye’s Fludde; What a Racket, making a tennis racket, inspired by one of Britten’s favourite sports; Music in the Garden, a guided sing-song session on the croquet lawn; as well as trails exploring the grounds, gallery and historic buildings.

The shortlisted museums are:

  • Felixstowe Museum
  • Ipswich Museum Service
  • Moyse’s Hall Museum
  • Museum of East Anglian Life
  • Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum
  • The Red House, Aldeburgh

Sarah Bardwell, Chief Executive of the Britten-Pears Foundation which manages the site says of the nomination: “We have had a wonderful summer seeing families and young people enjoying Benjamin Britten’s beautiful garden and learning about his life and music. It has been heart-warming to see the genuine enthusiasm and energy as families, many intergenerational, have enjoyed croquet, tennis, musical instruments and much more. The Red House Learning and Front of House team have worked incredibly hard planning and leading these events and we are proud and delighted to have been nominated for the first time for this important award.”

Suffolk Museum Development and Partnership Manager Jayne Austin explains: “The main aim of the awards is to raise the public profile of all the many fascinating museums we have in Suffolk. Museums play an important role in their communities. They also add to Suffolk’s appeal and charm, and as such are a real asset to the local economy.

“Many of Suffolk’s smaller museums are run by volunteers who put in a tremendous effort to care for their collections and preserve local heritage for a whole range of different audiences to enjoy. It will be exciting to hear the announcement of the winners, but important that we celebrate the success of all Suffolk Museums.”

Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin will host the Awards celebration at the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building on the evening of Monday 9 October.