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Takeover Day Wales 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.
We had a fantastic Takeover Day on Thursday 10th November 2016. Almost 50 museums including Cardiff Story Museum, National Slate Museum and National Library of Wales were run by over 1000 children, doing the jobs adults usually do. They were pest controllers, tour guides, curators, conservators, interpreters, front of house and worked in the café.
Find out more about Takeover Day at the Egypt Centre, Swansea on 10th November 2016 where Economy Secretary, Ken Skates, was shown around by young volunteers.
Actor Michael Sheen, Kids in Museums Patron, says,
‘Takeover Day gives hundreds of young people the chance not only to do something new and experience museums for the first time, but for their voices to be heard. It provides an opportunity for young people throughout Wales to talk about their heritage – to share concerns and imagine new futures. In challenging times, museums can act as the cement in our communities, bringing young people together to tell their stories. Put museums at the centre of our communities and young people at their heart, and we will all experience a richer, more vibrant culture which excites and enthrals everyone.’
Feeling inspired and wanted to get involved? Read more about how to take part:
If you’re a museum, gallery, archive, arts 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 @takeovermuseums and we’ll help spread the word.
To help with your plans we provide:
- Online resources, including fact sheets, case studies and tips. Download and share these to help you plan your event
- Support from our Takeover team. Email us your questions or ideas and we’ll help you with individual queries or offer advice.
- Mailouts with top tips and information. To be kept up to date join our mailing list
- Free ‘We’re Taking Over’ materials for all children and young people taking part. Take a look here.
Tips on maximising your resources
Takeover Day Wales doesn’t have to cost a lot – involving young people on Takeover Day can save you money!
Here are some tips on using what you have already got and finding the resources you need to maximise the impact of your project.
Teen Twitter Takeover
Cultural and heritage organisations across the UK will hand over their twitter feeds to teenagers for Teen Twitter Takeover on 11 August 2017.
To see what happened last year and see how you can take part this year, click here.
Read what experiences have been gained from previous Takeover Day events,
‘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.’
Takeover Day Wales is organised by Kids in Museums, supported by Welsh Government.
Are you a museum or gallery in Scotland? Find out what we did in 2013 in Scotland.
Taking Over Day 2015
We had a fantastic Taking Over Day on Thursday the 12th November 2015. Over 45 museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites ran an event and more than 800 children took part across Wales. Children and young people across Wales took over cafes and shops, they created trails, contributed to exhibitions and delivered tours.
Taking Over Museums Day 2014
On Taking Over Day on the 13th November 2014, over 35 museums, galleries, archives and castles ran an event and more than 800 children took part across Wales. Look at the map to see who was involved and what they did. Read about some excellent events and hear what Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism in 2014 has to say about Taking Over Day 2014.
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 your event. If you’d like hard copies of our bilingual 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 | Saith rheswm i gynnal y Diwrnod Meddiannu
- All you need to know about Takeover Day | Y cwbl sydd angen i chi ei wybod am y Diwrnod Meddiannu
- So where do we find children and young people? | Lle gawn ni hyd i blant a phobl ifanc?
- Schools, youth groups and other young people’s organisations | Ysgolion, grwpiau ieuenctid a sefydliadau eraill bobl ifanc
- How can we welcome visitors if our museum is closed? | Sut allwn ni groesawu ymwelwr os yw ein amgueddfa ar gau?
- How can we involve young people with heritage outdoors? | Sut allwn ni gynnwys pobl ifanc mewn treftadaeth awyr agored?
- How can Takeover Day activities be used for Arts Award? | Sut allwn ni ddefnyddio gweithgareddau’r Diwrnod Meddiannu ar gyfer yr Arts Award?
- How to set up a youth panel – ten top tips | Sut i sefydlu panel ieuenctid – y deg awgrym gorau
- Takeover Day and Communities First Clusters | Clystyrau Cymunedau yn Gyntaf a’r Diwrnod Meddiannu
- How can teenagers takeover our Twitter feed? | Sut allai pobl yn eu harddegau feddiannu’r porthiant Trydar?
- TweetSheet | TaflenniTrydar
- Press tips | Awgrymiadau am y wasg
- Evaluation tips | Awgrymiadau am werthuso
In addition to these resources you can use our Press Release Template to share your plans with the press.
Case Studies 2015
- Pontypool Museum – 3-year Case Study 2013-15 / Amgueddfa Pont-y-pwl – astudiaeth achos tair blynedd 2013-15
- Erddig National Trust / Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol Erddig
Case Studies 2014
- Harlech Castle/Castell Harlech
- Swansea Museum and the Dylan Thomas Centre/Amgueddfa Abertawe a Chanolfan Dylan Thomas
- Techniquest Glyndŵr, Wrexham/Techniquest Glyndŵr, Wrecsam
- A three-year case study / Astudiaeth achos tair blynedd – Oriel Ynys Môn
Case Studies 2013
- Abergavenny Museum and Castle l Amgueddfa a Chastell y Fenni
- Anglesey Archives l Archifau Ynys Môn
- Ceredigion Museum l Amgueddfa Ceredigion
- Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor l Amgueddfa ac Oriel Gwynedd, Bangor
- Narberth Museum l Amgueddfa Arberth
- St Fagans National History Museum l Sain Ffagan