They then invited their parents and Year four students to visit the museum and all 25 children from Year 5 contributed to the visit; leading tours, speaking about the rooms, characters, object handling and even taking photos on the day. The whole day was handed over to the Year 5 children who were now experts! Finnley Murray, aged 10 said, "I was able to teach people about what doctors and physicians did in history. It was interesting to know and share.”
"I was amazed to see how eager the children were to takeover the museum. From day 1, where we visited the museum, to day 4, where the children took total ownership of the tours, everyone was thoroughly engaged and motivated in the history of the infirmary. They absorbed even the finest of details, to ensure they were able to deliver the tours to their parents and other school members effectively. What a great day, and a great experience for the children!" Lucy Taylor, Year 5 Teacher at Dines Green.
The annual Takeover Day is 18th November, we ran ours on the 16th of June because the building was empty and received super support from Kids in Museums because we all know everyone loves a sticker and a certificate!
Harrison Hill and Mitchell Stevens, aged 10 said of the experience, "I really enjoyed learning about the history of the infirmary. I loved that we were able to share our knowledge with the community of Dines Green."
If any museum is on the fence about doing it, we highly recommend taking the plunge. It was hard work and a little scary handing control over, however we think the class loved it, as the quotes show and we heard lots of happy children at the after party on the day. The school has already signed up for 2017 so I guess, the teacher also enjoyed being taken over!