Takeover Day is when museums, galleries, historic homes, archives and heritage sites invite young people in to take over jobs normally done by adults.
Since Takeover Day began in 2010, nearly 40,000 children and young people have taken part. In 2020, we celebrate 10 years of Takeover Day.
We established Takeover Day to help historic institutions empower young people and give them meaningful roles in their organisations. Over 5,000 people, from toddlers to 25 year olds, now take part each year.
Many participants have gone on to become more involved in the life of the museum as a result.
How can children and young people take over at my organisation?
“I don’t think museums are boring and old anymore.”Takeover Day participant
Takeover Day exists in all shapes, scales and forms, from one child to hundreds of children. Over the years, young people have:
- taken over museum jobs and become tour guides, curators, shop assistants, cleaners, welcome hosts, receptionists, press officers and even conservators
- co-curated exhibitions and events, including late night gigs, sleepovers or performances
- delivered learning sessions for other groups of children
- created merchandise for the shop
- given their perspective and feedback on museum websites, events and interpretation
- taken over museum social media channels. (You can find more about holding a social media takeover on our Digital Takeover page.)
When is Takeover Day?
2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Takeover Day. To celebrate, we’re inviting heritage venues to join our week-long Takeover Day Festival:
Monday 16 – Sunday 22 November 2020
You can hold your Takeover Day at any time during this week. Watch this space for more announcements about our celebrations in early 2020.
Though we encourage you to get involved then to make the most of being part of a national event, you can hold a Takeover Day at any time of the year that works for your organisation.
We are also holding our annual Digital Takeover Day on Friday 3 July 2020.
Why should I take part?
“It has given us a fresh perspective on what is popular in our museums particularly as we are designing a brand new social history gallery currently.”Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
For heritage organisations, Takeover Day is a great opportunity to connect with different groups of children and young people, attract new audiences and pilot new ways of working. It enables all museum staff to get involved with their youngest visitors. Takeover Day is a fantastic opportunity to shout about your work and gain media attention, press coverage and social media reach by taking part in a national event.
For children and young people, Takeover Day is a unique chance to learn outside the classroom to develop new skills and discover what it’s like to work behind-the-scenes at a museum. We know that it helps to boost participants’ confidence and gives them a sense of ownership over their local museum and heritage.
How do I take part?
- Sign up on our website as soon as possible to let us know you’re taking part. We will add your event to our online map, provide you with support materials and information, and help to promote your event on social media and in the press.
- Look at our Takeover Day planning resources, including case studies, templates and a step-by-step film guide, to help you plan your event.
- Contact us if you have any questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 020 3096 7707.