If you visit The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth on Thursday 23rd November, you’re in for a big surprise. You’ll find children carrying out work and taking on roles that are usually reserved for adults.
It's part of a wider Takeover Day scheme - , a day on which museums, galleries and arts organisations up and down Wales are being taken over by children and teenagers. Kids in Museums is teaming up with the Welsh Government to help place children and teenagers at the heart of organisations.
Pupils from Ysgol Trimsaran, Llanelli will take responsibility for various tasks – in public areas and behind the scenes.
Llanelli children will stamp and organise items as they arrive in the collection,fetch books and other items from the collection for readers, install an exhibition, digitize items from the collection, monitor the safety of the building, work at our reception and guide visitors around our exhibitions.
Kids in Museums is an independent charity operating across the UK to try and make exhibitions and galleries more welcoming places for children and families.
Rhodri Morgan, Education Service Manager at The National Library of Wales said:
“We are pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Year 6 pupils from Trimsaran School, Carmarthenshire, to take responsibility for many of the National Library’s services during this year’s Takeover Day. We’ll be transferring the reins over to them on Thursday, November 23rd, when some of Wales’s most precious treasures will be in their care. We hope to provide the children with a memorable experience that will help them with their understanding of the Library’s extensive collections”.
Mrs Sharon Owen, Head of Ysgol Trimsaran added:
“We are extremely pleased that our school has been given the privilege to take part in this exciting project with The National Library of Wales. Learning about the history of our country is a core element of Trimsaran School’s education, therefore we appreciate how valuable the Library’s holdings are to Welsh heritage. I’m sure that this unique experience of caring for the collections and services of our nation’s cultural treasury will be one to enjoy and cherish by the children, and will offer them the opportunity to increase their awareness of the work undertaken by one of Wales’s most important institutions”.
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The National Library of Wales:
The National Library of Wales is the biggest library in Wales and serves as the nation's memory. As a legal deposit library it has the right to receive a free copy of everything published in Britain and Ireland. Around 4,000 new publications are collected every week that add to The National Library's collection of:
• 6 million books and newspapers
• 950,000 photographs
• 60,000 works of art
• 1.5 million maps
• 7 million feet of film
• 40,000 manuscripts
• 250,000 hours of video
• 1,900 cubic metres of archives
The National Library of Wales provides its services free to all Welsh citizens and it does not discriminate on the basis of ability or inability to pay. It welcomes children and young people to use its services, either by visiting the Library in Aberystwyth or accessing its resources and services on-line. The Library also delivers workshops in communities across the whole of Wales that meet the requirements of the curriculum in Wales as regards content and skills, and present the Library’s collections to young people, parents and teachers. This work is delivered in partnership with local authorities, education advisors, and individual organisations and schools with the aim of ensuring that as many children and young people in Wales as possible can benefit from the Library’s rich collections.
Tackling Poverty Through Culture
The National Library of Wales supports the Welsh Government 'Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture' programme. This programme links cultural bodies more closely together to work within Pioneer Areas to inspire young people and adults. The Fusion programme is working to eliminate barriers to cultural participation so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of taking part in cultural activity. For more information visit: gov.wales/topics/culture-tourism-sport/tackling-poverty-through-culture/
Ysgol Trimsaran, Llanelli
Our vision is to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment that promotes curiosity, enthusiasm and respect and where children will recognise and achieve their own potential. Each child should feel valued and be proud of their culture and heritage so that they can make the best contribution to society.
NLW Education Service
The NLW Education Service was established in 2002. Its main work is to:
• Deliver a programme of educational activities of a high standard to promote The National Library of Wales and the national collection through the school curriculum.
• Increase awareness among children and young people of the history, culture and heritage of Wales.
• Facilitate access to information for learners and educators and assist them in making the most of our collections by interpreting information in the national collection.
• Increase the Library’s presence, and awareness of the institution and its work, in various parts of Wales.
• Assist NLW in delivering the five strategic aims set out in Knowledge for All: The strategy of the National Library of Wales, 2014-2017.
• Produce high quality digital resources to assist with the delivery of the school curriculum in Wales, and publish these on Hwb.
• Manage various projects that provide access to the collections to children, young people and adults.
• Support the Welsh Government social inclusion and reducing inequality agendas by working in disadvantaged areas.
Since 2007 The National Library of Wales Education Service has been taking the Library’s collections to schools and communities throughout Wales as part of its outreach programme. These outreach projects are developed in partnership with local authorities, schools and other organisations and individually tailored to meet the needs of those users, as well as assisting them to deliver the required skills and content of the curriculum in Wales.