Takeover Day Is Happening Soon!

Image courtesy of The Coffin Works, Birmingham
Image courtesy of The Coffin Works, Birmingham

There is not long to go now until the annual Takeover Day from Kids in Museums.

AIM members can take part for free and get support from Kids in Museums to help run events that encourage young people to get involved with making decisions and running your organisation for a day.

Last year, over 5,000 young people participated in England and Wales and almost 200 organisations: from curators to cafe staff – young people are in charge – and it is a lot of fun for everyone involved too!

This year it is taking place in:

  • Wales: Thursday 9 November
  • England: Friday 17 November

If you want to get involved but haven’t started planning yet, why not read Kids in Museums list of small scale ideas that you can set up with a handful of young people.

Children and young people could:

  • Write a press release about something new that you’re doing
  • Design a Don’t Touch sign in a positive way
  • Create a promotional poster for an up and coming family event and suggest where you should display these posters
  • Be a mystery shopper for the museum and café and monitor how visitors are welcomed
  • Write new labels for an exhibition
  • Run your Twitter feed for the day – click here to learn How can teenagers takeover our Twitter feed?

Once museums have an idea, they can register their event here and Kids in Museums will schedule in their support, including sending you free resources which can be ordered here.

Resources include:

  • Posters to help museums and their young partners make some noise while promoting the event
  • Packs to give to each young participant. There are two designs, one for kids aged 0-11 and one for young people aged 11+. All packs include a certificate, stickers and a postcard, see what they look like here
  • Stickers for museum and gallery staff – because everybody loves stickers, Kids in Museums will supply you with ‘I’ve Been Taken Over’ stickers for your team to wear on the day

If you’d like to discuss ideas, plans or get top tips on how to run Takeover Day you can get in touch with Kids in Museums Takeover Day team on takeoverday@kidsinmuseum.go.uk or phone 020 3096 7707.

And don’t forget to watch Twitter on both days to see what other museums  are doing for this day!

Follow: @kidsinmuseums  #TakeoverDay

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