Published: Tuesday, 27th November 2018
Sixty west Norfolk schoolchildren took over Stories of Lynn on Friday 23 November and had a fantastic time!
Year 5 students from Whitefriars Academy in King’s Lynn were invited to come and run the museum as part of Takeover Day. This is an annual event organised by Kids in Museums as a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites, and Stories of Lynn was taking part for the first time.
Rachael Williams, Learning and Engagement Officer for Stories of Lynn, said: “Takeover Day really exceeded my expectations: the children had great ideas about what roles they wanted to get involved with, and on the day their commitment and spirit of enquiry was astounding. During the day they tweeted their views, received visitors at Reception, toured the exhibits with visitors, made merchandise, met the staff and found out how they make museums a fantastic place to be.
“One task the children had great enthusiasm for was cleaning and polishing the exhibit cases: Stories of Lynn has never looked so sparkling! But I think their favourite task of the day was phoning the borough council’s CCTV team and asking them to check on the King John Cup: they were fascinated to learn about how we look after the museum’s treasures.”
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “This was a truly fantastic day: well done to everyone involved. I visited Stories of Lynn during the day, and it was clear the children were enjoying themselves. I was impressed by how keen they all were to learn about the museum and make a real contribution. I really hope we can make Takeover Day an annual tradition”.