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Kids handed the keys to Lincoln Castle for takeover day

14 November 2017

Pupils from Ermine Primary School will take the reins at historic Lincoln Castle later this week - with a helping hand from a bestselling children’s author.

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On Friday 17 November, around 50 year six children will have the chance to run the historic attraction as part of the national Kids in Museums’ Takeover Day.

They will be joined by Kids in Museums’ patron Damian Dibben, the bestselling author behind the internationally-acclaimed The History Keepers series.

During their visit, the pupils will get involved with a wide range of activities, including:

  • event planning
  • meeting and greeting visitors
  • looking after the castle’s website and social media accounts
  • and designing a Christmas menu for the castle’s cafe

Anita Fox, learning manager, said: “Takeover Day will give the kids an insight into how to run a major heritage tourist site like Lincoln Castle.

“The pupils from Ermine Primary Academy will be involved in a wide range of activities and jobs around the site, including guiding in the Victorian prison and designing activities for the Heritage Skills Centre and our learning programme.

“It will be the perfect way for them to learn more about an important part of the county’s heritage - and also a lot of fun!

Damian Dibben said: “I’m thrilled to be at Lincoln Castle to watch the amazing Takeover Day in action, with kids in charge of an ancient monument. I look forward to learning all about the history of the castle and the exciting, dramatic things that happened here from them.”

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