Friday 22nd November is Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2019! Toddler curators, teenage tour guides, primary school press officers and secondary school CEOs will be popping up at over 120 institutions throughout the UK.
Having been run every year since 2010, more than 35,000 children have taken part in the nationwide initiative – with interest growing year-on-year.
“This is the ninth year of Kids in Museums Takeover Day and each year it gets bigger and better. By letting children take over adults’ jobs, we want to inspire a new generation of museum lovers and workers, and give them the space and confidence to have their say about their heritage,” Alison Bowyer, director of Kids in Museums, stated.
“This is just as valuable for the heritage organisations involved, which gain a new perspective on their work. We’re looking forward to a day of excitement, creativity and surprises on Friday.”
Takeover Day events
This edition of Takeover Day includes:
The National Archives – 50 Year 5 students will work in a range of departments within the UK’s largest archive, from learning how they keep the most valuable documents safe for future generations to taking over the archives’ Twitter and Instagram accounts
Tolhouse Gaol – YMCA Great Yarmouth will create an escape room within the Tolhouse Gaol, with a new take on the building’s history and stories
Dorset County Museum – Being closed for refurbishment won’t stop children taking over Dorset County Museum! A total of 600 young people will split into two groups with one getting an exclusive tour of the new museum currently under construction and the other creating their own exhibition inside the temporary Inflatable Museum
The Seaside Museum – A group of Year 5 superheroes, the Litter Vengers, will take over Kent’s Seaside Museum. The children have designed their own logo and badges and will create animations inspired by the museum’s Really Rubbish environmental exhibition
National Museum Cardiff – A local primary school will visit Dippy the Diplodocus in Cardiff, testing out nature-themed workshops and creating short films to encourage visitors to care for the natural world
All the day’s action can be followed on social media using #TakeoverDay and on the Advisor homepage.