About

Welcome to Museum Mum, a London based culture and family travel blog written by Vyki Sparkes. Founded in 2014 to encourage families to visit museum and heritage attractions, Museum Mum has become a leading cultural blog, and an Arts & Culture finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2019. Museum Mum has allowed Vyki to combine her expertise in parenting and museum curation to create insightful and high quality content which remains relatable and useful to everyday families. 
 

My story

Born and raised in Cardiff, Wales, on my first visit to London I feel I fell deeply in love – with the city. Unlike most teen romances, this love affair continues over 20 years later. My passion for history drove me to quit a career in marketing, and during my time at University College London I gained a degree in History and a daughter (now Museum Teen). Since then I’ve had two more children, referred to here as Museum Boy and Museum Girl, and gained a Masters in Museum Studies. I feel very fortunate to bring children up in London, and we aim to make the most of all the culture and history this world-class city offers.
 
I’ve worked in museums for almost as long as I’ve been a parent, including TATE, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and The Postal Museum, where I was lead curator on the new galleries. I’m now in my dream job as curator at the Museum of London, where I get to tell fantastic stories about the city with our amazing collections. 
 
In my spare time I love to explore, with and without the kids, in London and further afield. This blog is a way of me sharing these experiences – expect insightful reviews and trip reports, all road-tested by an experienced mum and museum professional. 
 

Collaborations

Museum Girl stares through her folding paper binoculars on a canal cruise in Amsterdam

If you are interested in working together, head on over to my contact page and get in touch! Previous work includes reviewing hosted visits, creating destination travel guides for families, mystery judging attractions, and speaking on family friendly welcomes to museums. Expect high calibre writing and imagery, thoughtful analysis and access to an engaged and growing audience.

 

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4 Comments

  1. January 10, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    Good luck with the quest. Sounds great.

    • museummum
      Author
      January 12, 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks! I was kind of hoping nobody would remember the challenge! I’m very far behind… Luckily the baby provides a ready made excuse 😉

  2. May 22, 2015 / 11:39 am

    Hi! I’m Mary and I think your site is very useful.. I was looking for information about kids friendly meauseums and I came to your blog. I would love to introduce you mine.. It’s about traveling with kids with a focus on playground! have a look and please write me, I have a few questions I would love to ask you about london.

  3. January 18, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Dear Museum Mum,
    I’m a Brazilian architect professor and I research about museums. Now I have a project about museums and babies and I’m researching accessibility and infrastructure for families with babies in museums. As the matter of fact, I have a similar blog about Belo Horizonte museums, my city in Brazil. I would like to find a good international example of great baby changing room and museum infrastructure for babies. Maybe you can help me… If it’s possible, please, write me an e-mail. Congratulations for you blog, I just love it!
    Best regards,
    Ana Cecília
    About me: http://acrochaveiga.com.br/curriculum/
    My similar blog: (Cultural Life after Children) https://vidaculturalapososfilhos.com.br/

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