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TakeOver Day 2012

It was that time of the year where we invited children to run the Museum and Gallery once again. For those that don’t know about TakeOver Day, it’s an initiative set by the Children’s Commissioner team inviting schools to take over art galleries, institutions and museums across the UK. Last year we teamed up with Manchester Museum and added our very own twist and interpretation of what ‘taking over’ could mean as we had children from Medlock Primary dressed as ‘shadows’ for last years Autumn season exhibition – Dark Matters.

This year, and along with our friends at the Museum, we gave each team from Oswald Road and Crab Lane an iPad and set them the challenge of ‘how visitors learn about the objects from the Museum’s collection’ and create an activity that helps visitors, in particular young people, to explore the galleries and think about the type of objects that are on display using creative technology.

The topics and themes for each of the 4 groups were;

Battle, Conflict, Travel

Decoration, Style, Design

Play, Entertain, Perform

Building, Making, Creating

After  lunch, we walked down to Whitworth Gallery and continued to embrace the creative technology as the children set our Twitter followers a series of challenges, cryptic clues and questions for our followers to answer. Using projections, audio boo, speed sketching and some quick light painting, the children excelled at this child led day by responding to the exhibitions and their spaces

Below are some images and video, many thanks to Oswald Road and Crab Lane Primary school.

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