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How to design and lead engaging family tours with Sarah Ciacci

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Today I’m really happy to be chatting to Sarah Ciacci about her wonderful work as a family tour specialist. We’re exploring how to engage and inspire families on a guided tour.

Sarah Ciacci has been a Professional Blue Badge Guide for London since 2008 and specialises in family tours and art tours. 

She set up Tours For My Kids to provide inspiring and engaging tours to families in London and Rome 

She is also a Blue Badge art tutor for trainee guides training in the National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. She is an accredited lecturer of the Arts Society, a university lecturer, a gallery educator and runs regular courses and independent lectures on a variety of art historical periods.

In our chat today, we talk about the values and principles that guide and shape her work and What made her decide to focus on working with families

We explore what families actually want from museums and heritage (and what they quite often get instead)

We talk about how she engages children and their parents with art and history and the techniques she uses. How she designs AND facilitates for engagement using variety and pace. 

We talk about whether it’s all about the kids or whether the parents get involved too. And how you might design intergenerational tours. 

I’ve led  many many family tours in the past too and we have a good chat about what works and what doesn’t with family tours. Sarah and I seem to be on the same wavelength about so many things!

This is a lovely chat about creating engaging family experiences with art, objects and even buildings.  Enjoy! 


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