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CHILDREN are getting ready to take over the Mary Rose museum.

The activities are being organised as part of Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day 2013, a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

It gives children and young people the chance to shadow jobs, get involved in decision-making and offer their opinions on key issues.

Following a whole year group school trip to the museum, 16 children from St Jude’s Primary School in Portsmouth will spend the day shadowing the Mary Rose Museum team.

Responsibilities will include meeting and greeting visitors at the reception desk and in the shop, working as museum guides, demonstrating the Tudor gun drill, and taking over the social media department.

Clare Barnes, learning officer at the Mary Rose Museum said: ‘This is the first time we’ve taken part in Takeover Day.

‘It’s a great opportunity for Portsmouth children to get more involved in their local heritage.

‘This year is particularly exciting as the children will be taking over a brand new museum.’