Kids in Museums Takeover Day, which this year takes place on Friday 20 November, is an annual day on which museums, libraries, archives, galleries, historic sites and arts organisations are taken over by children and young people who are given meaningful, powerful and decision-making roles. From curators to cafe staff, they are in charge. The children participate fully in the work of the organisation, making decisions and providing valuable contributions.
Last year’s Takeover Day was the biggest event in the UK to include children and young people and it is growing. Over 145 cultural organisations took part in England and around 4,500 children and young people. Children take over organisations in various ways, not all of them public facing. They welcome visitors, create trails, curate exhibitions, advise on youth panels and answer the phones
Although it is encouraged for you to join with other organisations and showcase your excellent work on this day, Kids in Museums will still support you if you’re able to do Takeover Day on another date during the year. Register for Takeover Day by simply heading to their website and completing the online form.
Even if your plans are incomplete, or you are doing Takeover Day at an alternative time during the year, please register as soon as possible to receive free resources and regular Takeover Day updates and top tips and to get on the participation map.
if you’d like help with planning your event or want to discuss how to get other staff involved. please get in touch with Kids in Museums They also have many ideas for small scale, meaningful takeovers.