Established by charity Kids in Museums, Takeover Day is when museums, historic homes, galleries, libraries and archives invite young people in to work alongside staff and take over jobs normally done by adults.

Over 120 heritage sites have signed up and over 5,000 young people are expected to take part across the country. From Tyneside to Torquay, keep your eyes peeled for toddler curators, teenage tour guides, primary school press officers and secondary school CEOs.

Supported by Arts Council England funding, Kids in Museums launched Takeover Day in 2010 to help historic institutions give children meaningful roles in their organisations.

Philip Mould OBE, Kids in Museums President, broadcaster and author, said: “I’m delighted that we can continue to encourage and empower young people through our annual Takeover Day. Since Takeover Day started, nearly 30,000 children and young people have taken part. This year I hope we can inspire the next generation of cultural leaders, as well as show organisations the huge value of involving young people, who bring new energy and perspectives.”

Here’s just a few of events happening when kids are in charge this year:

  • British Museum – The British Museum will be taken over by toddlers, as under 5s try their hand at running the museum, creating a poster for Twitter and arranging displays.
  • Tate St Ives – Local Year Nine pupils will manage and invigilate the gallery spaces, take photos for social media, devise new events with the Membership Team and interview senior management.
  • V&A Museum of Childhood – Globe Primary School pupils will be doing a total takeover of the UK’s National Museum of Childhood. Schoolchildren have already taken part in a programme of recruitment and training, ready to run the museum and guide visitors around the new A Pirate’s Life for Me exhibition.
  • York Castle Museum – Year Six students will take over Kirkgate, the replica Victorian Street, and bring it to life with music hall acts. Meanwhile Year Nine pupils will take over the museum’s social media, as well as writing blogs, taking pictures and writing press releases.
  • Lincoln – Children from Sir Francis Hill Community Primary School will go behind-the-scenes at Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral and The Collection Museum & Usher Gallery. Throughout the day they will experience what it’s like to work as costumed Victorian prison guides, media crews, curators and much more.

Look out for ‘I’m Taking Over’ stickers and ‘We’re Being Taken Over’ posters on organisations’ front doors. To see which museums are taking part near you, take a look at our online map.

You can follow the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TakeoverDay and following @KidsInMuseums.

If you’d like more information, or would like to visit a Takeover Day event, please contact Jocelyn Murdoch via or call 020 3096 7707.


Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact Jocelyn Murdoch at Kids in Museums on / 020 3096 7707.

About Kids in Museums

We are an independent charity dedicated to making museums open and welcoming to all children, young people and families. We support and champion family friendly organisations through wide-ranging initiatives, including the Family Friendly Museum of the Year Award and Takeover Day. We invite heritage organisations to sign up to our Manifesto, which sets out simple guidelines for making museums easy to reach for all ages.

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