Takeover Day Success

Local school children have an unforgettable day taking over Shakespeare’s Birthplace

04 December 2013

An event which gave local school children the chance to takeover Shakespeare’s Birthplace for the day, has been hailed a success by teachers and organisers. On 22 November, the Birthplace welcomed forty-seven children from Bridgetown Primary School, all dressed in Tudor costume to take on the day to day work of the guides and volunteers of the Trust. This group of year six pupils successfully welcomed visitors from all around the world, giving guided tours of the house and helping the resident acting troupe Shakespeare Aloud!  put on a dramatic production of Macbeth.

It is the second time that Bridgetown Primary School have taken part in the event at Shakespeare’s Birthplace as part of Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day, which aims to help children learn more about the world of work and the decision making process. 

Nicola Hawley, Children’s and Families Heritage Education Officer, said: “We are so proud of all the children who took part – the day was a real success. They learned so much from their day at Shakespeare’s Birthplace and from members of staff at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The children really got stuck in and each one enjoyed the task they had been given. We are already looking forward to having the children here next year.”

Elizabeth Swanwick, Year Six teacher from Bridgetown Primary School, said, “It was such a beneficial day for the children to experience a working environment where they could demonstrate what they had learnt about The Tudors. Also it helped to develop their confidence in new situations, working with adults and other skills out of the classroom environment.  The day was a huge success and will certainly be an experience that the children won’t forget.”


For more information on the Children Commissioners’ Takeover Day visit www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/takeover_day