Projects, events and news from the University of Cambridge Museums
On 14 May the Fitzwilliam Museum ran a takeover day in which six young people aged between 14 and 16 got the opportunity to try out real jobs in the Museum. Takeover day is a national initiative that gives young people the opportunity to work alongside Museum staff and volunteer in real jobs.
“I enjoyed the fact that I learned to do things that I’ve never done before.”
The young people are Museum Ambassadors from North Cambridge Academy. They have worked with the University of Cambridge museums for over a year learning about the collections and sharing this knowledge with their peers. The students went through a recruitment process to become Museum Ambassadors and have given a lot of their free time to take part in the project. It was exciting for them to access such a unique opportunity.
The Students worked in several departments, including Marketing, the University of Cambridge Museums office, the Welcome Desk and Coins & Medals.
“I learned that there’s a lot of coins and medals. Loads!”
As well as this, two of the young people took over the University of Cambridge Museums Instagram account taking photos and interviewing members of staff they came across in the Museum. This gave them the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and share it publicly.
“The experience showed me how important teamwork is.”
The young people worked very hard throughout the day and enjoyed an experience which was only made possible thanks to the hard work and welcoming atmosphere created by staff at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
“My favourite part of today was meeting staff and asking questions about their jobs.”
Takeover day will be repeated again next year. Hopefully extending across the University of Cambridge Museums. A huge thank you to everyone who took part, this day wouldn’t have been possible without your help.
Marie Kennedy, Children & Young People Widening Participation Officer, University of Cambridge museums.