Visitors to the Cardiff Story museum were greeted by mini tour guides today as one city primary school took over the attraction.
Thirty-five pupils from Ton-Yr-Ywen Primary School’s history club spent the day at the museum in Cardiff city centre doing jobs normally carried out by adults, as part of the national Taking Over Museums Day.
Pupils aged eight to 11 were on duty to welcome visitors and take them on short tours of the building’s 130-year-old tiled corridor, as well as interviewing some older members of the Cardiff community about their childhood memories.
Special guests on the children’s tours included Welsh heritage minister Huw Lewis, Cardiff council’s cabinet member for culture Huw Thomas, and Dea Birkett from Kids in Museums who organise Taking Over Museums Day.
The initiative is designed to get children and young people involved at the heart of museums’ work, as well as strengthening the relationships between museums, schools, youth groups, and other children’s organisations. Around 15 museums across Wales took part today.
Councillor Thomas said: “I know the team at the Cardiff Story are really excited about Taking Over Museums Day. The museum is very popular with children who visit it and always get involved with the interactive displays. This event takes it one step further and will encourage them to feel part of Cardiff’s heritage, helping them to take active roles in preserving and interpreting their local and national heritage.”