Youngsters take over museum for a day

JJ Cooper (Yr 5) makes a sale to customer Sarah Cunningham

JJ Cooper (Yr 5) makes a sale to customer Sarah Cunningham

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Schoolchildren from St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School took over running the Manx Museum last Friday.

For the past eight weeks Year 5 and 6 pupils from the Douglas school have been learning all about the museum in preparation for their ‘Kids Take Over Day’.

Kids from St Thomas' School Take Over Museum.  re Alan.''Making Christmas Card with HE. are L TO R: Josh Sinclair (Yr 6), Frankie Cullen (Yr6), Thomas Ross (Yr 5) & Aiken Willetts (Yr5).

Kids from St Thomas' School Take Over Museum. re Alan.''Making Christmas Card with HE. are L TO R: Josh Sinclair (Yr 6), Frankie Cullen (Yr6), Thomas Ross (Yr 5) & Aiken Willetts (Yr5).

Their big day came on Friday with the kids taking over managing the museum from 1pm until 3pm as well as making and sending out invitations and looking after VIP guests. Duties including manning the reception desk and shop, working with the curators to prepare gallery tours, inspecting the environmental conditions of the museum stores, running social media channels for the day, liaising with the media and helping Manx National Heritage.

Community engagement officer at Manx National Heritage Katie King said: ‘Kids Take Over Day at the Manx Museum was fantastic! The children all took their job roles very seriously and demonstrated high levels of professionalism.

‘Our invited guests, visitors and staff thoroughly enjoyed their exclusive guided tours and were utterly charmed by the enthusiasm of the class.

‘It has been lovely getting to know the students and watching them grow in confidence as their training progressed, we’re going to miss having them around!’

Kids from St Thomas' School Take Over Museum.  re Alan.''In the Shop is Tom Leishman (Yrs6) with Selena Merriweather (Museum Sales).

Kids from St Thomas' School Take Over Museum. re Alan.''In the Shop is Tom Leishman (Yrs6) with Selena Merriweather (Museum Sales).

Afterwards the children staged a play called ‘Our Way to Victory’, a special production written by the class to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

‘Kids Take Over Day’ is an annual event at which museums across Britain are taken over by children and teenagers.

The national initiative is coordinated by independent charity ‘Kids in Museums’ who aim to help place children at the heart of museums.

Kids from St Thomas' School Takeover Museum.  re Alan.''On Reception L TO R: Josh Sinclair (Yr 6), Aiken Willetts (Yr5) & Frankie Cullen (Yr6).

Kids from St Thomas' School Takeover Museum. re Alan.''On Reception L TO R: Josh Sinclair (Yr 6), Aiken Willetts (Yr5) & Frankie Cullen (Yr6).

Kids from St Thomas' School Takeover Museum.  re Alan.''L TO R: Charlotte Derbyshire. Graiagh Kelsey & Millie McAusland  (all Yr 5).

Kids from St Thomas' School Takeover Museum. re Alan.''L TO R: Charlotte Derbyshire. Graiagh Kelsey & Millie McAusland (all Yr 5).

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