TAKEOVER DAY IN ENGLAND
Takeover Day 2014
21st November, 2014

We had a fantastic Takeover Day on the 21st November 2014. Over 140 museums, galleries and archives ran an event and more than 4,000 children took part across England. Take a look at the map to see who was involved and what they did.

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contribution to museums, galleries and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum.

Takeover Day 2014 was launched at Ancient House Museum by their Teenage History Club and Damian Dibben, Takeover Day Ambassador for Kids in Museums. Read more about the Takeover Launch 

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 are just three examples of excellent Takeover Day projects from 2014:

At Arbeia Roman Fort on Tyneside, children joined the Wall Quest archaeology team to takeover the finds processing or “Pot washing”, a very important part of the post excavation process. They helped sort through archaeological remains and wash pottery and bones discovered on site.

Year 6s organised a fun-filled day for toddlers, babies and their grown-ups as part of the celebrations for the Cutty Sark’s 145th birthday. The fantastic Takeover Day Team of ten and eleven year olds helped to run the event and collected thoughts and feedback from visitors throughout the day. Nursery children came along with their grown-ups to try out the activities that had been tested by the children in school before-hand, some of which had been thought up at the ship’s 2013 Takeover Day.

At the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, students from Exeter’s Royal Academy for Deaf Education directed a professional photographer/film-maker filming their favourite objects whilst they signed to say why they liked it so much. The film will be downloadable from YouTube for other Deaf young people to use to guide them around the museum.

Fun Kids Radio

This year we teamed up with Fun Kids Radio to feature Takeover Day across its shows and online. Listen in this week to hear details of Takeover Days across the country. On Takeover Day Fun Kids Radio reporters visited different museums and galleries where children recorded reports about what they were up to.

Click here to listen: Cutty Sark | Wallace Collection | Museum of Brands

To find out more about Fun Kids Radio, click here.

#Morethanaday 

Why not make your fantastic Takeover Day an event that happens throughout the year? Join organisations who are already embedding takeovers into their regular programmes all year round.

Tweet @takeovermuseums to let us know that your Takeover Day is #Morethanaday.

 

Our case studies from 2013 are here to inspire you for next year’s event, but watch this space as we will be having more from 2014 events soon! Find out how putting young people at the heart of a museum makes it a vibrant and exciting place to be, and how working with young visitors in a slightly different way can bring fresh ideas and positive changes.

A date has been decided – get involved this year on the 20th November 2015. See below for details on how.

Here’s how we can help with your plans for 2015:

  • Download our online resources, including fact sheets, case studies and tips. Download and share these to help you plan your event.
  • Our Takeover Day team can support with individual queries or just offer advice, email your questions or ideas to [email protected]
  • We will run free sharing events to help you plan your Takeover Day and learn from others.
  • Free ‘We’re Taking Over’ materials for all children and young people taking part.

How to take part in 2015:

If you’re a museum, gallery, or heritage organisation, let us know you’re interested in taking part by emailing [email protected] We’ll add you to our communications list so you receive updates and top tips.

If you’re a school, youth group or young person who wants to get involved, talk to your local museum and direct them here. Tweet us @KidsinMuseums and we’ll help spread the word.

Teen Twitter Takeover

To highlight Takeover Day, on August 27th 2014 teenagers in 28 different museums across the UK took over the twitter feeds during Teen Twitter Takeover.The day was a huge success and the teens felt empowered and enjoyed the responsibility of taking over. The project helped museums to put young people’s voices at the heart of the museum, demonstrating trust.

‘The best thing about today and when we have ‘takenover’ before is knowing that we are being trusted by the museum . Cos I know the museum staff are happy that I will do a good job it gives me confidence to do things which I am nervous or scared about. Then when I do do the thing I realise I am quite good at it and the museum is right to trust me.’- Quote from youth involved at Ancient House

‘Great Teen #takeoverday retweets from tweeters in Ireland, Canada, Istanbul and Australia! Thanks@kidsinmuseums @takeovermuseums‘ – Staff comment from Mary Rose Museum about the reach of the project

‘We’re handing back control, thank you for having us. Saw the museum in a new light! Bye#takeoverday@kidsinmuseumspic.twitter.com/EspDw18RgN– Galleries of [email protected]

It was great fun, a brilliant profile-raising activity and helped organisations understand their young visitors better enabling staff from different departments to work together.

Check out the Story by reading the Storify here

Check out the resources box to see how you can run a Teen Twitter Takeover Day on any day of the year

Read our news story and see how easy a Takeover can be!

‘One of the schools had not been to us before, even though they are within walking distance, they are now booking visits more frequently. The quiz that they wrote for Takeover Day is now used daily in our Social History Gallery as a part of the Activity trolley for younger visitors.’

‘The Youth Advisors led public conversations, challenging people’s perceptions of what young people and museums do. This is the first time anything like this has happened and their role has been acknowledged by our Visitor Experience team who now have a much better understanding of young people in the Museum.’

‘Our gallery team are much more receptive to engaging with young people (instead of viewing them with suspicion).’ ‘It was definitely a great opportunity for me, as a new Learning Officer, to give my colleagues an insight into my job, which has resulted in people being more aware and thoughtful about learning opportunities more generally in their work.’‘Takeover Day has helped us to formally display that as a museum we are focused on involving children and young people in our work.’

2013’s event was a huge success, with over 3500 children – from toddlers to young adults – taking charge of 114 museums, galleries and historic homes. Children designed exhibitions and interactive exhibits, delighted visitors with guided tours and special events, gathered news stories for the museum to tell, conserved artefacts and helped museums improve their services for visitors. For more on what happened last year check out Takeover Day 2013. Kids in Museums is thrilled to be organising the event again as part of Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day.

Children's Commissioner

For more guidance and resources for Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge visit the Children’s Commissioner for England’s website. Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “What I find most inspiring about Takeover Day is that children and young people really do see the world differently to others – and giving them control for a day can make a museum really come alive in a completely different way. This is why we continue to support Takeover Day, and continue to value the work that Kids in Museums do.   Are you a museum or gallery in Scotland? Find out what we did last year in Scotland.

Previous Takeover Days
  • Takeover Day 2012

    The kids have taken over! Over 1500 children and young people – from toddlers to young adults – took over 85 museums on Takeover Day 2012 on Friday 23rd November. Museum directors, front of house staff, curators, conservators, website designers and catering staff were replaced by children.

    ... read more

  • Takeover Day 2013

    Last year over 115 organisations were involved across England and over 3,000 children and young people. They were museum directors, front of house, curators, conservators, tour guides, website designers and catering staff.

    ... read more

Resources

These resources are designed to help you organise and promote takeover day at your venue. If you’d like hard copies of our resources please get in touch:

Factsheets

Tips

Reports

Schools and Youth Groups

Case Studies 2013

2012 Case Studies

2011 Case Studies

2010 Case Studies

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Are the young participants you are working with fluent Welsh speakers?
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