Students 'takeover' Epping Forest District Museum

Year 8 students at King Harold Academy transformed Epping Forest District Museum as part of Takeover Day.

Visitors, including Epping Forest District Council chairman Richard Bassett, took part activities and were taken on a tour of the museum, both devised and led by the pupils.

They worked with museum staff in a series of workshops and preparation days to learn more about the day-to-day running of the museum.

The students also put together a special exhibition with items in the First World War collection to add to the current ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition. 

Their addition will be on display until the exhibition closes on Saturday, December 22.

The activities were linked to the exhibition too. There was a Spradbery themed quiz and medal making, based on the First World War medals on display.

Takeover Day is a national celebration (created by Kids in Museums) of young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. 

It is a day on which they work alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the organisation or venue.