IF YOU visit The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, tomorrow (Nov 10) you’re in for a big surprise. You’ll find children carrying out work and taking on roles that are usually reserved for adults.
November 10 is Takeover Day, a day on which museums, galleries and arts organisations up and down Wales are being taken over by children and teenagers. Kids in Museums is teaming up with the Welsh Government to help place children and teenagers at the heart of organisations.
Pupils from Ysgol y Felin, Llanelli will take responsibility for various tasks – in public areas and behind the scenes.
Llanelli children will stamp and organise items as they arrive in the collection,fetch books and other items from the collection for readers, install an exhibition, digitize items from the collection, monitor the safety of the building, work at our reception and guide visitors around our exhibitions.
Kids in Museums is an independent charity operating across the UK to try and make exhibitions and galleries more welcoming places for children and families.
Rhodri Morgan, The National Library of Wales Education Officer said: “The National Library’s varied collection is relevant to the education of all children in Wales, and this special day gives the children the opportunity to experience looking after and providing access to some of the nation’s most important treasures.”
Helen Wynne, Head of Ysgol y Felin added: “As a school we feel privileged to have been a part of the Takeover Day which is part of the Kids in Museums wider programme, and are grateful to the staff of the National Library in Aberystwyth for the warm welcome.
“The opportunity to attend the National Library offers first hand experiences for primary school children as they experience and learn about some of the most important treasures of our country and take responsibility for day to day duties”