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TAKEOVER DAY 2014 CHILD CURATORS AND TEENAGE TOUR GUIDES – CHILDREN ARE IN CHARGE OF MUSEUMS
Wander into a museum on Friday 21st November and you’ll be greeted by a child at the front desk, be given a tour through the galleries by a teenager and be helped in the café by a 14-year-old. 21st November is
Takeover Day – the annual day on which children are put in charge of museums, 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, Takeover Day gives children and young people a meaningful and powerful role usually reserved for adults – including designing and curating exhibitions, managing front of house services, writing and delivering trails, marketing, social media and conservation work.
Actor Michael Sheen, Kids in Museums Patron, says, ‘Young people sometimes get a raw deal. Yet Takeover Day proves that, given the chance, they can take on roles within museums, archives and the arts with imagination, responsibility and commitment. Takeover 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 was Takeover 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 Friday 21st November:
Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, is being run by fifty 11-year-olds in Tudor dress, acting as guides, working on the tills in the shop and cafe, handling documents and performing scenes from The Tempest.
The teenage Archaeology Team are taking over Arbeia Roman Fort, Tyne and Wear, uncovering Hadrian’s Wall buried beneath the streets.
At the Wallace Collection, London, eight-year-olds are welcoming visitors, answering questions about the paintings and giving tours of the world famous galleries.
At the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, kids are creating a WW1 trail, which will be printed and made available to visitors.
At the American Museum in Britain, Bath, young teenagers are installing the kids’ trail and compiling a guide for the volunteers.
At Cutty Sark, London, ten year olds are in charge of running an event for local parents and toddlers, before evaluation it for the museum.
Kids are creating a family trail at Three Rivers Museum, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, and giving a guided tour of their top ten museum objects.
Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire, is being run by the local girl Guides. They are the General Manager, visitor service assistants and demonstrating weaving for the day.
At Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, kids are the curators of an exhibition and are leading tours for local schools.
Follow what happens on the day on Twitter – @takeovermuseums #TakeoverDay
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Takeover Day in museums is part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day across all organisations. More about Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day at