Kids in Museums expands Takeover Day across the arts - Museums Association

Kids in Museums expands Takeover Day across the arts

Children's takeover days piloted in other arts venues
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Kids in Museums, the independent charity that works with museums to make them more child-friendly, is to pilot its Takeover Day scheme at other arts and heritage venues.

The charity has received funding from Arts Council England to roll out a new initiative, Takeover Day Across the Arts, from next month with new partners in England, including Historic Royal Palaces, the Barbican, Sadler’s Wells and Oval House Theatre in London, and Firstsite in Colchester.

Kids in Museums chair Philip Mould said: “With Takeover Day Across the Arts, the success of the Kids in Museums model of working – giving young and family visitors a powerful voice – will go to the next stage.”

The charity’s director Dea Birkett said the expansion would “enable thousands more young people to access and be included in the arts”.

Takeover Day is an annual event at which museums and galleries across Britain invite children to take on roles and responsibilities usually reserved for adults. Over 6,000 children took part in museum takeovers across the UK last year.

The scheme is part of a wider initiative overseen by the Children’s Commissioner to enable children and young people to work with adults and be involved in decision-making across different sectors.

This year's Takeover Day takes place on 21 November in England and 13 November in Wales, supported by Arts Council England and the Welsh government respectively. A Takeover Day for museums in Scotland is still to be confirmed, subject to funding.

Kids in Museums also offers support to museums to run the event on other dates throughout the year. The charity provides advice, case studies and free marketing resources to organisations interested in taking part.

Catherine Townsend, Takeover Day team manager at Kids in Museums, said: “Organisations can contact us to get on our mailing list and find out about the support we offer. There are case studies on our website and we also run sharing meetings across England and Wales.”

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