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Children will takeover jobs in 120 heritage sites across England for one day this week

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Kids Takeover Day: Photography by Em Fitzgerald

Museums’ Takeover Day is taking place tomorrow (Friday 23 November) and will see children across the country take over professional roles in some of the country’s leading cultural organisations, including the British Museum and London Transport Museum.

Taking place across 120 heritage sites in England including the capital’s top 20 institutions, the event sees 5,000 young people take over jobs usually occupied by adults. At the V&A Museum of Childhood and Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, for example, children from local primary schools will be enlisted to help out. Whereas at the British Museum, little ones of under five years old are invited to curate displays and design a poster to be exhibited on Twitter.

Organised by Kids and Museums, the aim of the day is to introduce children to the country’s prized cultural institutions. President of Kids and Museums, Philip Mould OBE tells The Evening Standard: “This year, I hope we can inspire the next generation of cultural leaders, as well as show organisations the huge value of involving young people, who bring new energy and perspectives” to the creative sector.

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