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Takeover Day 2015

A day at the Wallace with a twist: Takeover Day 2015

Last Friday was Takeover Day at the Wallace Collection. Pupils from St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, aged 8-11, took on the responsibility of looking after the shop, greeting visitors and protecting the objects in the galleries.

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Visitors were even treated to a free tour by the Young Curators, children from Years 4 – 6, on the theme of ‘Favourite Things’. Budding journalists from St Vincent’s Press Club were sent to cover the tour, read on for their report!


On Friday 20th November 2015, St Vincent’s press team visited the Wallace Collection’s takeover day tour presented by their young curators. A large variety of pieces of art were presented to the public; this experience was very intriguing and exciting for us and the other visitors.


During this fabulous tour we learnt about the past of the museum and all the wonderful stories behind it, including the owners such as the Red Herring, Sir Richard Wallace and his wife. Diya and Sam presented us the ‘’Ankus Goad’’ which is used to train elephants and it is richly decorated with gold and gemstones. We also learnt about Snuff boxes which were used to hold tobacco, which was only for rich people.

The press team interviewed the young curators, who said lot of positives comments such as: “I like everything at the Wallace Collection, but especially the tea-tray service.”


Overall, we really enjoyed our time at the Wallace Collection and can’t wait to go again.

By St Vincent’s Press Club


The Wallace Collection would like to thank all the pupils and teachers at St Vincent’s who took part, the Education Team who organised the day, and to the Young  Teen Curators, pupils aged 14-18 from Westminster schools, who tweeted throughout the day (you can view their tweets in the Storify below).


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