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Local school children takeover canal trust

On Friday 18th November, Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines welcomed year five students from Wren’s Nest Primary School to take over their exhibition space for National Takeover Day 2016.

Students learnt about the roles of curator and exhibition designer at a heritage site, then created an exhibition of their own design on the theme of ‘Victorian Life’. Their work will be on public display in the Trust’s Portal building for a month in their community exhibition space.

“We are delighted to be working with Wren’s Nest Primary School for this project,” says Sarah Fellows, Heritage Activities Officer.
“Their students really got stuck into the work and what they’ve produced looks fantastic. We hope their friends and family will come and see what they’ve created for us.” 

During the day the students explored the interactive exhibition in the Portal’s Biffa Award Gallery before planning and creating their own display materials. Staff from Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust were on hand to provide resources and assistance as they worked.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students,” says Stephen Butler, teacher at Wren’s Nest Primary School. “We’re really proud of what they put together for the display.”

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage site, when they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the charity.

“Young people are the heartbeat of the arts,” says Philip Mould, Kids in Museums President. “They contribute fresh ideas and new perspectives. Takeover Day is about further encouraging the pivotal contribution that they make.”

The exhibition created by the students will be on display for a month at the canal-side Portal building. There is no fee to view the work, which will be accessible daily 10am to 4pm on the upper floor.

Takeover Day 2016 is the latest in a long line of new initiatives working with local young people that have been possible for Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust since the opening of their new Portal building last year.

Major funding partners for the project to create the Portal include the European Regional Development Fund £997,000, Heritage Lottery Fund £989,000, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership £755,000 and Biffa Award £500,000. Other charitable donors include The Garfield Weston Foundation, J P Getty Jr Charitable Trust, Headley Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, Dudley Canal Trust, Dudley Canal Trust (Trips), and £30,000 raised by a public appeal.

Media enquiries

Sarah Fellows, Heritage Activities Officer at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust - Tel: 0121 557 6265 email

Stephen Butler, Teacher at Wren’s Nest Primary School - email

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