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Kids in Museums: Takeover Day at The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was delighted to participate in Kids in Museums: Takeover Day on Wednesday 15 November, from 10:00 – 14:00.

The Takeover team from Front Lawn Primary School and Gomer Junior School

The Takeover team from Front Lawn Primary School and Gomer Junior School


Takeover Day is a nation-wide celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. For one day children and young people around the country are given meaningful roles within a Museum team. It is a wonderful and exciting opportunity to work alongside staff and volunteers and to contribute to the running of Museums and key cultural sites.


The Takeover team from Front Lawn Primary School and Gomer Junior SchoolHelen Bonser-Wilton, CEO of the Mary Rose Trust comments, ‘We are delighted to be involved with Kids in Museums: Takeover Day for the 5th year. It is a hugely enjoyable event and a great opportunity to engage with local, young talent who have a keen interest in the UK’s cultural heritage.’


The Mary Rose was excited to host six pupils from years 5 and 6 from Front Lawn Primary School and Gomer Junior School. The children in the takeover team helped the Learning Department with a special new project. The team were tasked with developing Mary Rose themed games using the coding platform Scratch. This is a hugely popular programme used to create interactive stories, games and animations – perfect for bringing the Mary Rose into the 21st century.


The interactive nature of the Scratch website will allow users all over the world to play the games created – even better they can be reinvented again and again and shared with an even wider audience. With the increased importance of coding in the school curriculum as a key employability skill, the Mary Rose Learning Team believe this project will add a completely new dimension to what they offer schools and families.


You can see the games they produced in the four hours they were given at https://scratch.mit.edu/search/projects?q=MaryRoseEducation – Please be award that some of these are a work in progress, rather than the finished game.


The Takeover team from Front Lawn Primary School and Gomer Junior SchoolThe takeover team will get some great inspiration for designing their game, whilst exploring Henry VIII’s favourite ship and learning about all the thousands of artefacts salvaged from the hull and now on display in the Museum.


The Mary Rose was Henry VIII’s favourite warship which sank in 1545 during the Battle of the Solent and was raised from the seabed in 1982, after years of underwater archaeological work. This October marks the 35th anniversary of the raising, an event watch around the world by an audience of an estimated 60 million people.

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