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School Children take over at The Mary Rose Museum!

School Children take over at The Mary Rose Museum!

On Friday 22 November, school children from Portsmouth will be taking over The Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for the day. The activities are being organised as part of Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day 2013, a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England. This event gives children and young people the chance to shadow jobs, get involved in decision-making and offer their opinions on key issues.


Following a whole year group school trip to the museum, sixteen children from St Jude’s Primary School in Portsmouth will spend the day shadowing the Mary Rose Museum team. Responsibilities include meeting and greeting visitors at the reception desk and in the shop; working as museum guides, demonstrating the Tudor gun drill, and taking over the social media department!


Clare Barnes, Learning Officer at the Mary Rose Museum said: “This is the first time we’ve taken part in Takeover Day. It’s a great opportunity for Portsmouth children to get more involved in their local heritage. This year is particularly exciting as the children will be taking over a brand new museum.”


Pupils will have the chance to work alongside staff and volunteers for the day. The children will benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work, while the team at the museum will gain a fresh perspective on what they do and have some fun along the way.


Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England said: “I am very excited about 2013’s Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day. The day provides a brilliant opportunity for children and young people to make a difference to their schools and communities, put their views across and challenge the stereotypes about them that we hear too often.”

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