Pupils takeover Arundel museum as part of nationwide scheme

The event took place on Friday, November 22 at the museum and saw pupils from Saint Philip’s Catholic Primary School and Arundel Church of England Primary School take part in the Kids in Museums Takeover Day. The takeover day involved the children taking on the roles usually carried out by staff members of the museum.

Fran Stovold, curator at Arundel Museum said: “It is really good to be working with the two Arundel Primary Schools and letting the children curate two displays in the museum.”

The pupils had the theme Christmas feast. They had to choose various historic cookery utensils to create the display and also wrote out description labels.

Pupils toured the museum, gaining inspiration on how to create the displays, what to write for the labels and learning how to handle the artefacts.

Fran said: “It gives them the chance to develop their skills in research and how to appropriately display and interpret the museum collection.”

Both displays curated by the children will be available to view until the end of the year.