Children take control at Mary Rose Museum

Julian Brown (60) with his family (l-r) son-in-law Paul Saunders (29), daughter Sara Saunders (28), wife Karen Brown (60) and daughter Kate Brown (31).

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CHILDREN have taken over the Mary Rose museum for the day as part of a nationwide project.

The Year 4 pupils from St Jude’s CofE Primary School in Portsmouth were given the task of helping to run the museum as part of Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day 2013.

Children from St Judes Primary School in Portsmouth got to be in charge for the day as part of the Children's Commissioner's Take Over Day, at The Mary Rose Exhibition in Portsmouths Historic Dockyard. (left to right),  Amber Minshull, Maddox Berry, and Khalad Hamad all nine.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133208-2)

Children from St Judes Primary School in Portsmouth got to be in charge for the day as part of the Children's Commissioner's Take Over Day, at The Mary Rose Exhibition in Portsmouths Historic Dockyard. (left to right), Amber Minshull, Maddox Berry, and Khalad Hamad all nine.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133208-2)

It is a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England which gives young people the chance to shadow adults during their working day, get involved in decision-making and offer their opinions on key issues.

It gave the children the chance to experience the world of work.

Celine Scott, Year 4 teacher at the school, said: ‘We thought it was a really good opportunity. It’s something a bit different.

‘It’s not something they get to do every day.

‘Some of the kids are quiet so it’s good for their confidence. It’s about being sensible and working as a team. They are enjoying it and liking the responsibility.’

Joe Lake, eight, said: ‘It’s really fun. It’s good and we get to miss school. People are having a good time.’

Lydia Hall, nine, added: ‘It’s fun as we get to do lots of sorting. It has been busy.’

The children were meeting and greeting visitors at the reception desk and in the shop, working as museum guides and demonstrating the Tudor gun drill.

Some students were also taking over the social media department and becoming journalists for the day.

Clare Barnes, learning officer at the museum, said: ‘We’ve never done it before at the Mary Rose but we thought with a brand new museum it was a really good opportunity for local children to come and work with us.

‘They have been using loads of different skills, they have been working as a team.

‘They are gaining in confidence which is great.

‘People have been really interested and have said it’s lovely to see young people being so positive and interested in history.’