From Tyneside to Torquay, keep your eyes peeled for toddler curators, teenage tour guides, primary school press officers and secondary school CEOs at museums and heritage attractions accross the country.
Kids in Museums launched Takeover Day in 2010 to help historic institutions give children meaningful roles in their organisations and is funded by Arts Council England.
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 a few cultural organisations being taken over:
- 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.
- 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.
Take a look at the Kids in Museums’ online map to see where the action is taking place.
You can follow the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TakeoverDay and following @KidsInMuseums.