The Challenge

Museums wanted to find a way to get more children and young people into their museums, but also provide them with an interactive experience.

The Solution

Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance, Cornwall, decided to work with students from Mounts Bay Academy in a completely interactive Museum Takeover Day, where, as part of a nationwide initiative, children have complete control!

The Results

Penlee House Gallery and Museum was officially taken over on Friday 22nd November 2013. During the day, students worked in the galleries producing poetry and dance in response to their temporary exhibition ‘From Darkness into Light: Graham Sutherland – Mining, Metal, Machines’. They also took over the gallery and museum’s social media, with a lot of their own poetry appearing on the gallery’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The takeover continued in the evening with a celebration event showcasing poetry, dance and music performed by the students in the gallery, with family, friends and members of the public in attendance. It was fantastic to see and hear the students’ responses to the exhibition and to have it interpreted in new ways. The evening event was a great success and was enjoyed by all.

Next Steps

Museum Takeover Day has been popular in England for a few years, and the exciting day has since hit Scotland, with museums making sure that this year’s should be bigger and better than before.