Youngsters share their views on Mary Rose

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 had their own Dragons’ Den-style experience when they pitched ideas about changes that could be made to the Mary Rose Museum.

The event was all part of the national Takeover Day, which sees organisations up and down the country being taken over by children and teenagers.

St Edmunds School pupils (left to right) Jennifer Lake and David Skonieczmy. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143210-1)

St Edmunds School pupils (left to right) Jennifer Lake and David Skonieczmy. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143210-1)

The youngsters from St Edmund’s Catholic School in Landport, Portsmouth, were invited to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to act as consultants to help the museum expand what it offers to youngsters.

The children from Year 7 and Year 9 worked in groups and came up with ideas for activities and marketing then pitched their ideas to the museum management team.

Learning officer at the museum Clare Barnes said: ‘It’s great in many ways. Half of them have never been to the museum before so it’s a chance for them to see their local heritage.

‘For those who have been before, it makes them feel part of it and that we do value their opinions. They have had a fantastic time.

Karen Scriven is the induction learning mentor at St Edmund’s.

She said: ‘It’s a great opportunity for them to be involved in something where they feel as if their ideas are going to be put into practice.

‘They have absolutely loved it. They have come up with some fantastic ideas.

‘It’s good for team building and all sorts of skills.

‘It’s good for their confidence as well.’