Taking Over Museums 2013
14th November, 2013

We had a fantastic Taking Over Museums Day on the 14th November 2013. Look at the map to see who was involved and what they did. Or follow us on Twitter @takeovermuseums #takingover to hear what everyone is talking about;

Cadw Archaeology (@CadwArchaeology) – “@cilgerrancastle my name is Llyr and I am nine my friends name is rhys and he is nine too. we are from Ysgol Cilgerran and taking over !”

NT Carmarthenshire (@NTCarms) – “I’ve never had a tour like this before!” says one visitor – “Isn’t it great!”

Pass It On HAT (@PassItOnHAT) – “loved seeing all the @takeovermuseums for @kidsinmuseums tweets today – great to see kids getting involved with heritage”

Narberth Museum (@narberthmuseum) – “What a day! @takeovermuseums exceeded all expectations.”

Taking Over Museums 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.

Our case studies from 2012 are here to inspire you for next year’s event, but watch this space as we will be having more from 2013 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.


If you took part in 2013 we’d love to hear about your day. Please take a moment to follow the links below and complete our surveys:

  • If you organised Taking Over Day at your venue please click here.
  • If you are a youth group leader or teacher that has been involved please click here.
  • If you were unable to take part this time for any reason we’d love to hear your feedback too, please click here.

[If you would like any of these surveys translated please email the team at [email protected]]

Here’s how we can help with your plans for 2014:

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 @KidsInMuseums and we’ll help spread the word.

‘The museum has always worked with groups but this work has always been undertaken by an education officer. Now other staff can see the benefits of engaging with this audience.’

We started small last year and the children gave us a lot of food for thought in regards to new ideas and how we can do things differently.’

‘Welsh Baccalaureate students have created a young person’s guided tour, which they are going to deliver to new pupils in the summer term.’

‘The young people involved have given us an idea of how to involve more similar groups – we have now committed to doing four community engagement events in a similar vein across the year.’

Our patron Michael Sheen has this to say about Kids in Museums and Taking Over Day:

What will your role as patron involve?

“I’ll help Kids in Museums deliver their fantastic aim of making sure all children get the chance to experience the wonderful opportunities a museum can offer, in particular those who haven’t had the chance before. Of course, because I’m Welsh, I’m particularly interested in the charity’s work across Wales, working with tiny volunteer museums to big national museums, making sure they welcome everyone, of every age. Taking Over Museums – the annual day on which children are given a role in a museum which an adult would normally do – is a powerful, simple way of making that happen.”

What made you want to get involved with Kids in Museums?

“I am passionate about children exploring and experiencing the arts, and having the right to do so. I’ve worked with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales on issues concerning children’s rights. Young people have the right to a cultural life, just like anyone else. It enriches, educates and empowers them. It makes all our futures brighter.”

Which museums did you particularly enjoy visiting as a child and why?

“I remember my first visit to the British Museum and discovering I had the power to travel through time and reach the furthest and most mysterious corners of the world. That visit made me realise anything was possible.”

What role do you think museums play when it comes to helping to educate children?

“Museums offer lots of things to children, but in particular, through letting them get in touch with the past, they can imagine new futures. They throw a light on stories of a child’s community – from how their grandparents lived to how local industry was once run. Museums are about real stuff. In an increasingly virtual world, they offer something special – the thrill of the real.”

Taking Over Day 2012

2012′s event was a huge success, with over 400 children – from primary pupils to young adults – taking charge of 17 museums, galleries and historic homes across Wales. Children designed exhibitions and interactive exhibits, delighted visitors with guided tours and special events, gathered new stories for the museum to tell, conserved artefacts and helped museums improve their services for visitors.

Find out more about Taking Over Museums Day 2012

Taking Over Museums Day is organised by Kids in Museums, supported by Welsh Government and in partnership with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

Find out more about the work of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales here.


Look who took part in 2013...