Help us create the Children's Country House at Sudbury Hall

little girls play in the stable yard

We want to create a place where children feel engaged, important and at the centre of their whole visit. And to do that we need children and families to tell us what they want to see, hear, feel and do at Sudbury.

There are a variety of ways that you can get involved. All of these activities will help us develop our ideas and inform our decisions for the future. We want to hear from as many children and their families as possible. We're hoping you'll have fun along the way so make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get involved too.

Tell us

We are looking for people aged under 25 to tell us their thoughts. We have created a questionnaire that you can complete: you can ask a grown up to help if you need it. All of these questions will help us make big decisions over the next year or so and we need as much information as possible. Your ideas could help shape what Sudbury becomes. Fill in the survey here.

The Museum of You – Age 7

We think our Museum of Childhood should help people understand what it’s like to be a child and how that has changed over the years. So what are the clothes, foods, activities and songs that summed up your childhood? What objects would you put on display in a museum of your childhood?

You can submit your 'Museum of You – Age 7' ideas to us formally by emailing us the pack following the instructions below or share your responses with us on social media.

Download the Museum of You Age 7 pack (PDF / 0.3MB) download

Childhood gallery

For a Museum of Childhood, our museum doesn’t currently have that many pictures of real children. We’d love you to help us out. Send us a picture of you as a child; fun, silly or embarrassing, it doesn’t matter. Your childhood face could form part of our Instagram gallery and might even be used in the actual Museum of Childhood one day.

Email your pictures, along with your name, age and year the picture was taken using the instructions below. You must include a completed model release form or we won't be able to use the picture. You can see our Childhood Gallery on Instagram here

Childhood music

Music can transport us back to certain times, places, spaces and even evoke sounds and smells. Tell us the songs that capture your childhood and help us create the soundtracks for childhood across the decades. We'll use your suggestions to create playlists that we’ll share for you to enjoy. You can get involved by tweeting us your song – tell us the year you were listening to that song, along with the artist, song title and the year of release. You can find our latest playlists on Spotify here.

Weekly social media

Through Social Media each week we will be responding to your submissions to us. Not only will we have fun weekly things to share but we will have things for you to get involved with too.

Monday - #SudburySpotTheDifference

See if you can find the subtle changes to our spaces and collections.

Tuesday - #SudburySecrets

Join our House Stewards every Tuesday when they share the weird and the wonderful of Sudbury behind closed doors.

Wednesday - #SudburySpells

A spell has been cast over Sudbury making magical things happen. Each Wednesday see the strange things going on and see what you can recreate in your home.

Thursday - #SudburyStories

Join us every Thursday at 7pm for our #SudburyStories. Each week we will select an item from our collection and tell you a story. Send us your stories by filling in the template here and we'll pick our favourites to share.

Download the Sudbury Stories information (PDF / 0.2MB) download

Friday - #SudburyShares

Every Friday we will be sharing our favourite quotes, photos and stories with you that we have received throughout the week. We will be having fun with polls, caption competitions and more...

How can you get involved?

You can take part by responding to posts on Social Media and sharing your stories, thoughts and anything else you think may be interesting with us.

For us to formally collect your stories we need to have the documents and images emailed to us. All of our templates include a General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) statement that explains how your submissions will be used and stored, as well as how to get more information about this. Please read this and let us know if you have any questions.

If you would prefer the forms in Word format then please email us

Images that are submitted for the Gallery should be sent with a completed model release form which can be downloaded here

Model release form for Sudbury Childhood Gallery (PDF / 0.1MB) download

Alternatively, you can post things to us at:

Sudbury Hall and The Museum of Childhood
Main Road
Sudbury
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
DE6 5HT

Any questions and enquiries can emailed to us