Children were put in charge of museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK for a whole day in 2011. This report looks at how these cultural institutions attracted young people to take part, and what the participants – both children and museums – got out of it. It features six case studies, including Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums, the People’s History Museum in Manchester, and the Horniman Museum in London.
For most museums, providing a regular offer for children and young people is important. it’s great news that Takeover Day helped over two thirds of participating museums to get to know their visitors better.
Museums identified an average of five different things that their organisation got out of being involved, almost as many as the average number of benefits they identified for their participants. Takeover Day is about giving young people a great experience but is also about helping museums grow and succeed.