Kids take over Poole Museum

Since 2012, Poole Museum has staged an annual Takeover Day when youngsters take on a range of real day-to-day jobs. The event is not only a great way to engage with youngsters, but also for raising the museum’s profile within the local community.

Takeover Day (ToD) is a national initiative run by Kids in Museums, and they provide resources and support for running the events.

Here Rebecca Rossiter, Public Programming and Learning Manager, explains how they run the event, and what they’ve learned over the years.

“Takeover Day isn’t about a group of young people coming to do extraordinary things at the museum. It’s about offering an authentic experience…”

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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!

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Belly Buster!

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