Museums Takeover Day

Submitted by edg on Tue, 26 Nov '13 6.34pm

Over 30 museums throughout the country are part of the first ever Takeover Day Scotland in museums.

More than 1,000 children will take on the jobs of museum directors, front of house, curators, conservators, tour guides, website designers and catering staff will be replaced by children and young people.  Look out for the ‘I’m Taking Over’ stickers they’ll be wearing and the ‘We’re Being Taken Over’ posters on the museums’ front doors.

Run by charity Kids in Museums, in partnership with Museums Galleries Scotland, Takeover Day gives children and young people a meaningful and powerful role usually reserved for adults.

The Museum of Edinburgh is being taken over by local primary school children who are putting on their own exhibition, choosing objects, designing posters and acting as guides for the day.

At the National Mining Museum, Midlothian, 12 year olds are designing a museum trail and acting as tour guides around the colliery.

At National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, young people are putting on interactive science shows in the Grand Gallery.