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Kids Takeover The Museum

23 November 2015

A group of schoolchildren got hands-on with some of football's most precious artefacts when they took over the running of the National Football Museum in Manchester on Friday 20 November.

Pupils from Lily Lane Primary School, Moston, took part in the national Takeover Day scheme, organised by Kids In Museums, to tackle everything at the museum from welcoming visitors, to caring for priceless artefacts, to tweeting about the collection.

The children spent time working with the public on the museum's galleries, as well as going behind-the-scenes to care for priceless artefacts like the 1966 Jules Rimet trophy. They spent time behind the glass in the museum's displays, checking light and damp readings for the museum's collections team, as well as taking photos and writing tweets with the museum's marketing team.


Teacher Clare Sharkey felt the day had been a big hit with pupils:  "The kids have had so much fun learning about the history of the beautiful game and how the museum is run.

“They’ve been lucky enough to be given control for the day and handle and care for some priceless artefacts in the museum.

“I think they’d quite happily do this everyday.”

National Football Museum Deputy Director David Pearson agreed the day had been a great success: "The takeover day was a big hit with our visitors; the kids were friendly, engaging and very good with everyone.

"Everybody here thought the kids were great too. We think there may be a few budding museum directors among them!".


Youngsters from Lily Lane primary school welcome visitors to the National Football Museum.


Pupils from Lily Lane Primary School help care for the National Football Museum collection as part of Kids In Museum Takeover Day.

Pupils from Lily Lane primary school get hands-on with the National Football Museum official FA Cup replica

Pupils from Lily Lane primary school get hands-on with the National Football Museum official FA Cup replica

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