TAKEOVER DAY IN ENGLAND
Takeover Day England
17th November, 2017

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.

Damian Dibben

Damian Dibben

Kids in Museums’ Patron Damian Dibben, visited Brighton Museums on Takeover Day 2016 where 30 students from Portslade Aldridge Community Academy worked in the security team, visitor services, as shop staff, in marketing, doing pop-up talks, costumed flyering and much more.

The bestselling children’s author of The History Keepers and Takeover Ambassador said,

“Takeover Day is the most thrilling and fun day of the year. Seeing kids take on every museum job – from curators, to front of house, to security guards – makes old institutions come alive. Takeover Day not only gives young people the opportunity to experience and excel at something they might not have thought was for them, but declares that museums are for everyone, of every age. I had the great fortune to grow up right by the museums of London and weekly trips opened up fascinating new worlds to me, universes of the past and the future, of nature and the cosmos, that inspire me to this very day.”   

Feeling inspired and want to get involved? Read more on 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 to us. 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.
  • Newsletters 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 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 over their Twitter feeds to teenagers for Teen Twitter Takeover on 11 August 2017.

To see what happened and see how you can take part next year, or include it as part of your Takeover Day, click here.

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.’

We were really pleased that the National Print Museum Ireland, VISUAL Carlow, and Garter Lane Art Centre are joining us in Ireland for Takeover Day in 2017. We’re also supporting HMS Caroline in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

More guidance and resources can be found on the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge website.

Kids in Museums and supported by investment from Arts Council England to run Takeover Day.

Are you a museum or gallery in Scotland? Find out what we did in 2013 Scotland.

Previous Takeover Days
  • Takeover Day 2016

    On Friday 18 November 2016, we had a record-breaking Takeover Day with over 150 museums, castles, historic homes and heritage sites across England being taken over by almost 4,000 children and teenagers

    ... read more

  • 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.

    ... read more

Resources

Take a look at our reports, resources and case studies to inspire you for your 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:

In addition to these resources you can use our Press Release Template to share your plans with the press.

Reports

Takeover Day Case Studies

Takeover Arts Case Studies

Arts Award and Takeover Day Case Studies

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Full name of Organisation
Organisation Address
Type of Museum
Other (please specify)
How is your organisation funded?
Other (please specify)
Is your Education/Learning Department solely run by volunteers?
Are you signed up to the Kids in Museums Manifesto?
Want to know more about the manifesto?Click here
Arts Council region
Are you an Accredited Museum?
Contact Name and Role
Contact Email
Contact Number
Twitter ID
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Please tell us about any plans you have so far for Takeover Day
Will your Takeover Day be public facing? (will the public be able to see and take part in the action?)
Number of Participants
Age of Participants
Other (please specify)
Type of Group
Other (please specify)
Will you be working in partnership with another cultural or heritage organisation?
If yes, please specify the name(s) of organisations
Does your Takeover Day link up with any of the following themes or initiatives?
ArtsawardDisability or accessHeritage Lottery Funding – Young RootsWorking with a Youth PanelWorld War 1 Centenary
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Full name of Organisation
Organisation Address
Type of Museum
Other (please specify)
How is your organisation funded?
Other (please specify)
Is your Education/Learning Department solely run by volunteers?
Are you signed up to the Kids in Museums Manifesto?
Want to know more about the manifesto?Click here
Arts Council region
Are you an Accredited Museum?
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Contact Email
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Will your Takeover Day be public facing? (will the public be able to see and take part in the action?)
Number of Participants
Age of Participants
Other (please specify)
Type of Group
Other (please specify)
Will you be working in partnership with another cultural or heritage organisation?
If yes, please specify the name(s) of organisations
Does your Takeover Day link up with any of the following themes or initiatives?
ArtsawardDisability or accessHeritage Lottery Funding – Young RootsWorking with a Youth PanelWorld War 1 Centenary
Date of Event
I would like Kids in Museums to keep me updated about future events and projects.
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