Caroline Marcus Takeover Day Director acts like a soldier after a successful Planning and Sharing Event at The Novium Museum
Caroline Marcus Takeover Day Director acts like a soldier after a successful Planning and Sharing Event at The Novium Museum
Getting set up for the first Planning and Sharing Event in 2016
Getting set up for the first Planning and Sharing Event in 2016

Kids in Museums First Planning and Sharing Meeting of 2016

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Maggie Monteath, Kids in Museums volunteer reports on the event held at The Novium Museum.

‘People came from all kinds of museums and galleries to join the team on Friday, 17th June 2016 for the first Planning and Sharing event of the year. Even representatives from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) travelled from Southampton and London to join in with the event at the Novium Museum in Chichester. All were keen to get involved with such a positive initiative to make their museums more welcoming or as Caroline Marcus, Takeover Day Director from Kids in Museums puts it, ‘making museums and galleries easy to reach and relevant for everyone.’

As soon as our first guests arrived discussions started and ideas began to fly. Caroline Marcus, inspired further enthusiasm with tales from 2015 Takeover Days. Cutty Sark had partnered a primary school to stage story telling sessions for toddlers. They had even devised a smiley face evaluation, using the data to improve their performance as the day went on. Photos of the National Maritime Museum’s ‘Plague Takeover’, in partnership with a local youth theatre and youth groups, showed what an enjoyable and successful day it had been for everyone. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum had worked with a school for deaf children on film making. The skills they learnt were evident in the finished presentation and the British Sign Language Interpretation was fascinating – I really loved the sign for ‘Egyptian Mummy’.

The day’s delegates had their own success stories to share. Amanda Harwood, discussed her Takeover Day at Petersfield Museum. They wanted to build more relationships with local schools as well as develop ideas to enable frequent changes in their temporary exhibition space. She hit the jackpot when she forged a partnership with a temporary teacher wondering how to plan a topic on World War I – it was win, win all round. A Friday in November is not the ideal time for an open air museum but Lucy Hockley and the team at Weald and Downland Museum were up for the challenge and about 50 Y5 & Y6 took over all the staff roles for the day – including official photographer so there’s plenty of evidence!

The icing on the cake came via representatives from Heritage Lottery Fund,  Arts Award and Artswork the South East Bridge offering advice on partners to help fund Takeover Day projects. Graeme McKirdy not only gave an excellent overview of HLF’s ‘Young Roots’ programme but also other funding sources for different sized projects such as ‘Awards for All’ and ‘Reaching Communities’. Earlier in the day Richard Beales had introduced us to Artswork and our final speaker, Ronda Gowland-Pryde, outlined the different levels of Arts Award, a partnership that would give automatic accreditation to a Takeover Day.

By the end of the day ideas were flowing, partnerships cemented and many more heritage venues were ready to join Takeover day 2016.’

To find out more about Takeover Day 2016 and how you can get involved, check out the website here

If you’d like to attend a free Planning and Sharing event book your place:
Where            The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury
When             Monday 4th July
Time              11.00 – 15.00

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Where            Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
When             Tuesday 5th July
Time               11.00 – 15.00

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Where            The Hepworth Wakefield
When             Thursday 7th July
Time               11.00 – 15.00

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Where            Birmingham Hippodrome
When             Monday 11th July
Time               11.00 – 16.00

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Where            The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
When             Wednesday 13th July
Time               10.00 – 14.00

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Where            Reading Museum
When             Monday 18th July
Time               11.00 – 15.00

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Where            Regimental Museum Cornwall, Bodmin
When             Thursday 21st July
Time               9.45 – 16.00

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Where            York Castle Museum
When             Monday 12th September
Time               11.00 – 15.30

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