Youngsters’ takeover day

Lily Ingham and Henri Railton  in the cafe
Lily Ingham and Henri Railton in the cafe

Visitors to Fleetwood Museum had a big surprise – or maybe a not-so-big surprise.

For on Friday, it was ‘KidsinMuseums Takeover Day’, and 37 children from Chaucer Community Primary School and four sixth form pupils from Rossall School, could be found doing jobs and taking on the roles usually carried out by staff and volunteers.

David Beavers and  Michael Csehi in the mock salt mine

David Beavers and Michael Csehi in the mock salt mine

Their roles for the day included becoming tour guides and talking to visitors about the history of Fleetwood, working in the cafe and the shop and taking part in Victorian re-enactments.

The children and young people had spent time before the Takeover Day training at the museum and doing their own research on the various objects.

Lynn Asghar, Lancashire County Council’s museum manager at Fleetwood Museum, said: “We love working with children and young people at the museum and the Takeover Day certainly gave us a great opportunity to do this.

“The pupils who took part were incredibly enthusiastic and gave the day their all. They had clearly researched the objects and the paintings and were able to talk confidently to the visitors about them.

The pupils who took part were incredibly enthusiastic and gave the day their all

“From the smiles on their faces it certainly looked like they enjoyed the day.

“Visitors loved the children sharing their knowledge with them so enthusiastically.

“They gave visitors a really warm welcome.

“It was a great day for museum staff, pupils and their teachers.”

Declan Deery and Dechlan Maley

Declan Deery and Dechlan Maley

More than 4,000 young people from schools and youth clubs helped to run museums throughout the country on the fifth KidsinMuseums Takeover Day.

They were given worthwhile roles in 150 museums, archives, heritage sites and arts organisations working with staff and volunteers to learn about the daily operation of the cultural attractions.

The cost for entrance to Fleetwood Museum is £3 for adults and £2 for concessions but accompanied children go free.

Fleetwood Museum has been earmarked for its funding to be cut.

Bobby-Jo Jackson and Daniel Shewan

Bobby-Jo Jackson and Daniel Shewan

For information visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums, call 876621 or email fleetwoodmuseum@lancashire.gov.uk.