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Kids rule OK at Corinium for Takeover Day 2010

November 15 2010

Takeover Day 2010 is when the kids are in charge - they take over adults' jobs for the day…

Photo showing two children acting as curators at the Corinium Museum and holding objects from the Anglo Saxon collection including a sword.


Visitors to the Corinium Museum were in for a surprise on November 12, 2010, when they noticed that the average age of the curators was only about nine years old!

All photos © Cotswold District Council



Their adult counterparts at the museum had handed over their jobs to a group of pupils from St Lawrence's Primary School, Lechlade, as part of National Takeover Day.

Photo showing a female pupil in Anglo Saxon dress lying on a table surrounded objects and pupils and adults are gathered round discussing what an Anglo Saxon would have been buried with.

Photo showing a female pupil in Anglo Saxon dress lying on a table surrounded objects that may have been the kind used at an Anglo Saxon burial.


The Corinium encouraged the children to focus on a collection of Anglo-Saxon objects which had been found at the site of an ancient cemetery near to the school.

[By the way, this isn't a photo from the cemetery - it's one taken back at the Museum!]

The children quickly got to grips with understanding how the artefacts linked in to the civilisation of the time and successfully identified the gender, age, wealth and even jobs of the various users.

Armed with this knowledge, the young curators set about recreating Anglo-Saxon burial rituals, with several pupils dressing up to replicate the bodies at rest, while others placed the artefacts around them to honour their lives. (Please see photo above!)

After this strenuous activity, the children then picked out their favourite Anglo-Saxon exhibits in the galleries and produced elaborate drawings and descriptions which will be put on display as labels for the objects in the near future.

Their activities were monitored by Rhiannon Smith, a Year 10 pupil at Cirencester Deer Park School, who took over the work of the Cotswold District Council Press Officer for the day. She photographed the pupils and also wrote up their activities for this press release.

Amanda Hart, the Education Officer at the Corinium, was very impressed with the children's range of knowledge and enthusiasm:

"They had a surprisingly good grasp of the Anglo-Saxon period and clearly enjoyed the activities during the day. Some of them really got the history bug and were keen to come back and see their labels on display."

About this news story:

This story for Takeover Day 2010, was written by Rhiannon Smith, a Year 10 pupil at Cirencester Deer Park School, who took over the work of the Cotswold District Council Press Officer for the day. She wrote about pupils from St Lawrence's Primary School, Lechlade who took part in Takeover Day 2010 at the Corinium Museum in Gloucestershire and then emailed out the press release to journalists like us on Show Me, so we could tell you all about it…

So how did Rhiannon find Takeover Day?

"It was really interesting to view these activities as a Press Officer. I would like to be a journalist and this provided a fascinating insight into how a news story takes shape and how others react to it."

Rhiannon - we were really impressed with your press release above. Good luck for your future press career!

By Rhiannon Smith