Takeover Day England 2016 will take place on Friday 18th November!
The countdown to Takeover Day England 2016 has begun! What will you do on Takeover Day?
Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives 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. So get involved this year on 18 November 2016.
Philip Mould, Kids in Museums President, Broadcaster and Author, says
‘This Friday over 3500 young people are going to be at right at the heart of museums. For many of them, it will be their first experience of a museum. For all of them, it will be empowering and eye-opening, learning about museums from the inside. Young people are the heartbeat of the arts – they contribute fresh ideas and new perspectives. Takeover Day is about further encouraging the pivotal contribution that they make.’
Here’s how we can help with your plans for 2016:
- Download our online resources, including fact sheets, case studies and tips. You can use and share these to help you plan your event
- Our Takeover Day team can support with individual queries or just offer advice. Email us with your questions or ideas and we’ll see how we can help you.
- Free ‘We’re Taking Over’ materials for all children and young people taking part. See what’s included in the free packs here
How to take part in 2016
If you’re a museum, gallery, archive, arts or heritage organisation, let us know you’re interested in taking part by emailing us or fill in our registration form located at the top right of this page. We can also add you to our communications list so you receive updates and top tips.
Tips on maximising your resources
Takeover Day doesn’t have to cost a lot – involving young people on Takeover Day can save you money!
We’ve put together some tips on using what you have already and finding the resources you need to maximise the impact of your project.
Teen Twitter Takeover
Cultural and heritage organisations across the UK handed their twitter feeds over to teenagers for Teen Twitter Takeover on 12 August 2016.
To see what happened and how you can take part next year, see here.
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.
Read what experiences have been gained from previous Takeover Day events
Watch this film about how Lowewood House was taken over by young people. They ran guides tours, sessions for children and met with VIP’s to share what they thought of the day.
‘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.’
Here are two excellent examples of Takeover Day projects from 2015:
For the first time in its 4,500 year old history, students took over adult roles at Stonehenge, the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. They led tours at the stones, explained Neolithic artefacts in the museum at the Stonehenge visitor centre and explained objects in the Neolithic Houses to visitors from around the world. They developed new activities for primary school visitors and tried them out and tweeted, posted on Instagram, wrote articles and created a short film to copy deadlines.
More guidance and resources can be found on the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge website.
Are you a museum or gallery in Scotland? Find out what we did in 2013 Scotland.
Takeover Day 2015
Takeover Day 2015 was a huge success with over 150 museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites running an event and more than 4000 children took part across England.
Takeover Day 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.
To get free resources sent out for the children and young people involved please click here
Take a look at our reports, resources and case studies to inspire you for this year’s event. If you’d like hard copies of our resources please get in touch.
To read all of Kids in Museums Takeover Day Resources download the Takeover Day Factsheets Pack
You can read Kids in Museums Takeover Day Resources individually by clicking on the links below:
- Seven reasons to do Takeover Day
- All you need to know about Takeover Day
- So where do we find young people?
- Schools, youth groups and other young people’s organisations
- How can we welcome visitors if our museum is closed?
- How can we involve young people with heritage outdoors?
- How can Takeover Day activities be used for Arts Award?
- How to set up a youth panel – ten top tips
- How can teenagers takeover our Twitter feed?
- Press tips
- Evaluation tips
In addition to these resources you can use our Press Release Template to share your plans with the press.
- ‘I think museums aren’t so boring anymore’ Report into Children’s Experiences of Takeover Day
- Takeover Day England 2013 Report
- Takeover Day England 2014 Report
- Takeover Day England 2015 Report / Takeover Day 2015 At A Glance
Takeover Arts Case Studies
- Takeover Arts Pilot Evaluation and Case Studies | Oval House Theatre and Arts Centre | Barbican | firstsite, Colchester
Arts Award and Takeover Day Case Studies
- Arts Award and Takeover Day Case Study at Reading Museum
- Arts Award Case Study at Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance
To see more Arts Award case studies, check out our resources page
2014 Case Studies
2013 Case Studies
- Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
- Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
- Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford
- National Portrait Gallery, London
- Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire
- Windsor Castle – Royal Collection Trust, Berkshire
2012 Case Studies
- Fordingbridge Museum, Hampshire
- Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall
- Thinktank, Birmingham
- Museum of London Docklands
- Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University
- The Geffrye Museum, London
2011 Case Studies
- Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM)
- Glasgow Museums and Depot Arts
- Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance
- NCCL Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham
- People’s History Museum, Manchester
- Horniman Museum, London