Epping Forest District Museum took part in the ‘Kids in Museum’ takeover day welcoming students to the museum and virtually.

The museum has taken part in the takeover day for the last seven years.

Twelve pupils from Kind Harold Academy took over the museum for the day running tours and activities for Council dignitaries and visitors and pupils from Upshire Primary School.

Alongside this the museum also hosted a ‘virtual takeover’ with students from Cardiff and Essex universities.

Pupils from King Harold Academy, Waltham Abbey, had two preparation sessions to learn about the how the museum is run and to plan what games and activities they would deliver on the day.

University sudents joined the day online to participate in Q&A sessions, collections care training and learning about the variety of careers within the museum.

They reviewed and analysed objects at home in the same way staff would at the museum and participated in a live review of items, learning about the materials and reasons for the objects being in the collection.

This was the first year university students have been involved- following the success of these virtual sessions they will be repeated for future takeover days as well as looking for opportunities to offer the students in person.