Schoolchildren revel in Weald and Downland takeover

Crowds at the Weald and Downland Museum PPP-140409-175255001
Crowds at the Weald and Downland Museum PPP-140409-175255001

A KIDS’ takeover went ahead at The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum as part of a drive to get school children to visit museums.

Last Friday (November 21) pupils from Singleton and West Dean primary schools gave the museum a very youthful look.

Dubbed national ‘Takeover Day’ with museums up and down the country being overrun with young people, nearly 50 pupils from Year 5 and 6 of the two local schools worked alongside staff and volunteers in 12 areas of the museum’s work.

The day was named a big success and Diana Rowsell, head of learning at the museum said: “We’re proud of how the museum has engaged and inspired young people for decades and we’re delighted this year to build on this work by taking part in the National Takeover Day for the first time.

“It was lovely to see how excited the children were at their morning ‘staff meeting’ and there was very positive interaction between pupils, staff and the public throughout the day.”