We have been taken over!

‘..on the 22nd of November our school went to the people’s history museum . It was the takeover day. We had so much fun! We split up into three groups and did different jobs.’ (Hannah)

Takeover Day - St James' CofE Primary School, 22.11.2013, copyright People's History Museum (3)St James’ Church of England Primary School, Birch-in-Rusholme Year 5 class took over the People’s History Museum as part of our Takeover Day celebrations in November 2013.  Takeover Day is a national initiative which sees young people across the UK take over museums, galleries and cultural venues.

St. James’ Year 5 class took over our Exhibitions, Marketing, Front of House, Learning, Archives and Play Your Part teams! We loved having St. James join us for the day.  They helped us with everything from greeting visitors, to writing our Twitter and Facebook posts, to helping us pick our Top Ten Family Friendly activities.  It was such a busy and exciting day that we thought we’d let the students continue their take over and tell you about what happened across a series of three guest blogs.

In this first blog you can hear from the Year 5 students who looked after our exhibition displays and also helped out in our Labour History and Study Archive.

‘.. The archives are a place where you can study and find research. What we had to do was collect pictures and put them into packaging. But we had to wear rubber gloves because the sweat on our hands was corrosive to the pictures..’ Scott

‘In the archives we looked at lots of different types of newspapers and pictures of WWII. With the newspapers we had to write the different names of the newspaper titles andTakeover Day - St James' CofE Primary School, 22.11.2013, copyright People's History Museum (164) they were given out to the people who want to read them..’ Lynda

‘..In my group we went to the archives. We worked in pairs to list photos from when children were in secondary school in the late 1900’s. We had to read the information on the back to work out when it was taken and where. Then we had to put it in a protective sleeve….

Before we did that we went round the museum to check if anything was damaged, broken or out of place. We had a map to check off where things were wrong. .’ Hannah

‘In my group our guide was called Josh Butt. We split into three’s to find things that were damaged, broken or out of place. In my three we found 8 damaged things.’ Aaliyah

Takeover Day - St James' CofE Primary School, 22.11.2013, copyright People's History Museum (141)

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