The annual Takeover Day in Wales run by Kids in Museums and supported by the Welsh Government and will see more than 600 young people takeover more than 35 organisations all over the country.
Through the Fusion programme, the Welsh Government is ensuring that all young people, whatever their background, are able to reap the benefits of taking part. On Thursday 9 November museums, libraries, archives, castles and historic homes all over the country will be taken over by children and young people aged 2-22 doing grown-up jobs.
Below is a video by Tom Barrance for Kids in Museums that shows young people from Newport and Wrexham talking about what they would like to see in museums.
“Takeover Day is all about putting our young people centre stage,” said Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure. “It is a great way to engage their interest in our culture and history, and to empower them to develop their skills and confidence. The day continues to go from strength to strength and I am delighted that the Welsh Government, through our ground-breaking Fusion: Creating Opportunities through Culture programme, is supporting it again this year.”
From being security guards at the National Library of Wales to pottery conservators at Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery, young people all over Wales will be taking charge of their heritage on Takeover Day. Look out for the ‘I’m Taking Over’ stickers the young people will be wearing and the ‘We’re Being Taken Over’ posters on the organisations’ front doors.
Brymbo Heritage – 30 children from five local primary schools will work alongside local historians, community groups and volunteers to create an exhibition themed around remembrance that will be open to the public until the end of January.
Caernarfon Castle – children will be welcoming visitors to the castle and acting as guides in the Constable’s Room where Prince Charles and Lord Snowdon prepared for the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969.
Glamorgan Archives – students from a local school will be answering inquiries, fetching documents from the Strongroom, cataloguing a small collections and working with conservators to check for bugs.
National Roman Legion Museum – children will make a short film for a new digital resource for schools.
Plas Mawr – children will act as costumed interpreters and lead object handling sessions in the house.
Yr Ysgwrn – 30 primary school children will lead guided tours around the Welsh farmhouse based in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. They will also welcome visitors and answer queries over the phone.