Children take charge of Sunderland

Pupils from Northern Saints Primnary School, Red House, Sunderland, taking over the National Glass Centre with James Douglass gallery learning facilitator, on Friday
Pupils from Northern Saints Primnary School, Red House, Sunderland, taking over the National Glass Centre with James Douglass gallery learning facilitator, on Friday
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Running one of the city’s biggest attractions proved child’s play for these youngsters.

Nine-year-olds from Northern Saints Primary School, in Red House, took over the reigns at the National Glass Centre as part of a national museum takeover day.

They took on various roles, including gallery assistants, market researchers, hot glass studio assistants, retail sales assistants and brasserie servers.

The aim of Takeover Day is to encourage children to learn more about cultural attractions, find out what happens behind the scenes and get experience of doing a job usually reserved for adults.

Rachel Groves, learning and engagement officer and c-oordinator for National Glass Centre’s Takeover Day, said: “We hope that they learnt something about how cultural attractions are managed and we’ve learnt something new from them too.

“It was really interesting to see our centre through the eyes of young people and we hope that it will inspire us to find new ways of engaging with our young audiences in future.”

Elsewhere in the city, other young people got involved in the Takeover Challenge.

They took part in everything from accompanying the Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Alan Emerson, on his civic duties, joining the fire brigade to presenting a live radio breakfast show and serving with the Salvation Army. Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Coun Pat Smith, said: “Sunderland City Council has taken part in national Takeover Day for almost a decade.

“I’m delighted that so many of our partners in the city, such as the Gentoo and community organisations, help us to support this national annual event.

“Young people make a massive contribution to life in our city, and we need to involve them in working towards its future.

“The National Takeover Challenge provides them with the opportunity to share their views and opinions with us, and hopefully provide a valuable insight into how we can all work to provide services on their behalf.”