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Students takeover

The wardrobe of former cross-dressing cabaret star Fanny Cracker was put to good use yesterday by Eastern Goldfields College tourism students when they managed the WA Museum — Kalgoorlie-Boulder for Takeover Museum Day. Picture: Mary Meagher. Source: The West Australian.

Western Australian Museum, Students take over the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder, 23 June 2015

The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder hosted its inaugural Takeover Museum Day in June, allowing students to run the Museum for a day.

Students from Eastern Goldfields College in Years 11 and 12 who are studying a Certificate II in Tourism took on roles at the Museum on Thursday 25 June.

WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said the students had the opportunity to interact with visitors and work behind-the-scenes.

“They worked in small groups on exhibition preparation, collection management, they greeted visitors at reception and assisted with public programs and educational activities,” Ms Scott said.

The initiative is inspired by the annual Takeover Day in the United Kingdom where children and teenagers are given the opportunity to work alongside museum staff and take on meaningful roles.

“Takeover Museum Day is a great way to allow students to apply the skills they learn at school, and in return we hope they become regular visitors,” Ms Scott said.

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