Record-breaking Takeover Day!

The first Takeover Day for Dorset Museum in 2019 was also the most ambitious in the country.

The museum worked with 600 pupils – an entire middle school. But as the museum was closed for a major redevelopment, they needed to think creatively about how to engage and empower young people. Luckily, they had their incredible Inflatable Museum to use as an area for display, learning and interaction.

Hannah Eastwood (Learning & Community Outreach Coordinator) and Emma Talbot (Head of Education), explain how they ran the event, and lessons they’ve learnt to be able to deliver again once the new museum is open.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the Staff at Dorchester Middle School for their communication and coordination with our staff on the day and leading up to it; to the pupils for their enthusiasm and hard work, and to our volunteers who helped encourage and support the delivery on the day.”

Wild Life in the Red

What do you think about our exhibition?

Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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