On 28th November Scotland’s
museums were taken over!
Takeover Day Scotland is a celebration of children and young people’s contribution to museums, galleries and historic homes. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum.
This highly popular event has already seen thousands of children and young people in England and Wales taking charge with fantastic results. In November 2013 almost 30 venues and over 1,000 children took part across Scotland. They were directors, tour guides, conservators and more.
If you took part in 2013 we’d love to hear about your day. Follow the links below to complete our surveys:
- If you organised Takeover Day at your venue click .
- If you are a youth group leader or teacher click here.
- If you were unable to take part this year for any reason we’d like to hear your feedback too, please click here.
“This experience, it’s a chance you normally wouldn’t get.”
“[about their stickers] I’ve put mine on and I’m proud!”
“Andrew says the museum store was his favourite, it’s a secret exciting place.”
“It’s been really great learning about this boat. So see when I’m grown up and have my own son I’m going to bring him to this museum to show him this boat and I’m going to tell my dad about it when we’re here too.”
“I like it when they listen and look at you, asking questions.”
Here’s how we helped:
- Online resources, including fact sheets, case studies and tips, free to download and share to help plan and promote your event.
- Our Takeover Day Scotland team we at hand to support with individual queries or offer advice, via email [email protected] or over the phone.
- Free ‘We’re Taking Over’ materials were sent out for all the children and young people taking part.
How to take part in 2014:
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 @takeovermuseums and we’ll help spread the word.
This first Takeover Day Scotland has been organised by Kids in Museums, supported by Museums Galleries Scotland and in partnership with Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. To read Tam’s supporting letter click here.
These resources are designed to help you promote takeover day at your venue.
- All You Need to Know About Takeover Day
information sheet – A3 Poster to Display / A4 Pages
- 7 Reasons for a Museum to Take Part
- So Where Do We Find Young People?
- How Can We Welcome Visitors if our Museum is Closed?
- Factsheet for schools youth groups and other young people’s organisations
- Takeover Day 2012 Report
- Press Tips
- Press Release Template
Free Printed Resources – orders yours using the link above
We’ve been holding events and sharing at meetings across Scotland over the last few months. Joanne Orr joined us from Museums Galleries Scotland in Edinburgh where guest speakers also included Norah Campbell from Creative and Cultural Skills and Caroline Currie presenting her report on the pilot at People’s Palace, Glasgow last year. We’ve heard about funding opportunities from the HLF Young Roots Programme and our supporters Museums Galleries Scotland. Plus Katie Brown shared with us the Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People’s 7 Golden Rules of Participation.
If you couldn’t make it to any of the meetings and want to find out what Takeover Day Scotland is all about please email us at [email protected]