Taking Over Day 2014 – Putting Children in Charge of Museums

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TAKING OVER DAY 2014 – PUTTING CHILDREN IN CHARGE OF MUSEUMS
Wander into a museum on Thursday 13th November and you could be greeted by a child at the front desk, be helped by a 14-year-old in the cafe and given a tour through the galleries by a teenager. 13th November is Taking Over Day – the annual day on which children are put in charge of museums throughout Wales, proving what a fantastic contribution they can make if given the chance. Look out for the ‘I’m Taking Over’ stickers they’ll be wearing and ‘We’re Being Taken Over’ posters on the museums’ front doors.

Run by charity Kids in Museums, supported by the Welsh Government, Taking Over Museums day gives children and young people a meaningful and powerful role usually reserved for adults – including designing exhibitions, managing front of house services, marketing, social media and conservation work.

Actor Michael Sheen, Kids in Museums Patron, says, ‘Young people sometimes get a raw deal. Yet Taking Over Day proves that, given the chance, they can take on roles within museums, archives and the arts with imagination, responsibility and commitment. Taking Over is a great initiative – giving young people the opportunity, in particular those who wouldn’t normally access museums – not only to experience but to contribute to the arts. If only every day were Taking Over Day, then museums and the arts would feel the real benefit of putting young people at their heart.’

Here’s just some of the ways in which children and young people are taking over on Thursday 13th November:

At Newport Museum and Art Gallery, primary school children are developing new interpretation and QR codes for the museum.

At the National Wool Museum, Carmarthenshire, teenagers are creating nature trails for visitors.

At Abergavenny Museum and Castle, 14-year-olds are redisplaying the Anderson Shelter, interviewing older residents to inform their interpretation.

At the National Slate Museum, Gwynedd, children’s duties will include cleaning the steam engine and working in the foundry.

In Glamorgan Archives, Year 6 pupils are registering users at reception, helping visitors with their research, cleaning and repacking documents, cataloguing new collections, taking over the social media, and preparing for a special Explore Your Archive event.

At Harlech Castle, Gwynedd, 10-year-olds are doing the health and safety checks before the Castle opens and talking to visitors about the site.

At Narbeth Museum, 11-year- olds are taking over the museum’s social media, advertising and marketing the new Pembrokeshire Experience exhibition.

Follow what happens on the day on Twitter – @takeovermuseums #TakingOverDay

Find out more at www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/takingover or email[email protected]

For pictures, interviews and story opportunities email[email protected]

More about Explore Your Archive at http://www.archiveswales.org.uk/staff-toolkit/explore-your-archive-2014/

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