Kids in Museums launches wider Takeover Day plan as Historic Royal Palaces join the fun

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 May 2014

The success of Kids in Museums will see the annual Takeover Day expand its horizons this year

A photo of a man in a red and black uniform guarding the red and white walls of a palace
Beefeaters await Kids in Palaces© Historic Royal Palaces
The annual Takeover Day in museums, which saw more than 6,000 children prove their adeptness at everything from curating to serving refreshments at venues last year, will expand across the arts this year, with Historic Royal Palaces opening its ornate doors in the most high-profile of the new settings for the mini-festival of fun.

Kids will take wide-ranging responsibilities at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace the Banqueting House and Hillsborough Castle on this year’s Takeover Day in November.

“We want to make families feel really welcome at the palaces and ensure that there is plenty to see and do when they get here,” said Elizabeth McKay, the Chief Learning and Engagement Officer at the Palaces, speaking ahead of an expansive family festival, Tudors at the Tower, taking place for the first time this weekend.

“A major part of this will involve working collaboratively with local and national partners including Kids in Museums.”

Hands-on activities and online adventures are planned, with Kids in Museums changing the name of Takeover Day to Kids In…, allowing organisers to fill in the dots. The Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, Oval House Theatre and FirstSite are among the first partners to be taking part.
“We’re excited to be spreading the success of Takeover Day beyond museums, to enable children and families to be right at the heart of the arts,” said Philip Mould, the broadcaster, author and art expert who chairs the charitable group.

“The young people’s chance to get really involved and contribute fresh ideas doesn’t only benefit them – it benefits all of us. It brings the arts and heritage alive.”
Takeover Day in Museums will be launched by children’s author Damian Dibben at Thetford Ancient House Museum on Saturday (May 24).
“I grew up in London and was lucky enough to be taken to a museum nearly every week, sometimes to two or three,” he reminisced.

“Those visits opened up a world of wonder and completely shaped by life. That's why I am so passionate about Kids In Museums - so other kids can have the same opportunities that I had.”

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