Posted: 28th November 2016
Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums and is a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to learn more about what happens ‘behind the scenes’.
On Friday 18th November, pupils from St Hugh’s Communication and Interaction College spent the day at Normanby Hall Country Park with the Housekeeper, Sarah Plant. The Hall closes to the public each winter, so that all items within it such as furniture, pictures, and objects can be specially cleaned and conserved. The pupils from St Hugh’s assisted with the cleaning of the chandeliers. The chandeliers are lowered down from the ceiling, and each individual glass droplet is taken off and polished.
The St. Hugh’s pupils set about the task with a great deal of enthusiasm, and whilst they worked Sarah talked about the history of the Hall.
The students thoroughly enjoyed Takeover Day, and we loved having them. The chandelier has never looked so clean!