Gloucester Waterways Museum taken over by teenagers
If you come down to Gloucester Waterways Museum this week, you're in for a big surprise.
You'll find travel and tourism students from Gloucestershire College doing jobs and fulfilling roles that adults usually do.
More than 40 students were tasked with coming up with a plan to get the museum ready for the festive season, in particular looking at how the museum could encourage people to find out more about the attraction's Santa cruises during Gloucester Quays' Victorian Market, which starts this week.
The young people have been given responsibility for turning the pleasure boat King Arthur into a magical grotto ready for the arrival of Santa on December 8.
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They have also been encouraged to come up with some traditional Christmas activities for children to take part in at the museum during the Victorian market.Students will be dressed as waterways men and women mingling with the crowds during the event to encourage passers-by to pop into the museum to receive a 10 per cent discount on Santa cruise bookings.
"Many of the students walk past the front of our museum on their way to College and it will be hugely valuable to get a young person's perspective on how we can enhance and promote our Christmas activities," said Doreen Davies, Museum Manager.
Student Paige Farmer, aged 16, said: "I was really keen to get involved with takeover day at the waterways museum because it is giving me an opportunity to organise a real live event, learn about event marketing and ultimately boost my CV."
23rd November is Takeover Day – a day on which museums up and down the country are being taken over by children and teenagers. Independent charity Kids in Museums has teamed with the Children's Commissioner to help place children and teenagers at the heart of museums.
Gloucester Waterways Museum is passionate to include children and teenagers.Young people have previously acted as mystery shoppers at the museum, providing first hand feedback to museum staff. They have also been consulted on the museum's events programme.