On Friday 17th November, a dozen young Travellers from Galway City will be taking over the running of Galway City Museum as part of Takeover Day 2017.
It is the second year the museum has been involved in Takeover Day, a Kids in Museums initiative that celebrates young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, heritage sites and other cultural venues. It’s a day on which young people are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum.
In partnership with Ballybane Foróige Youth Project and Youth Work Ireland and Galway – Westside Youth Project, the museum is working with young Travellers who will operate the front desk, give guided tours and create a display of objects reflecting their individual and community identities.
The participants from Ballybane outlined their reasons for being involved:
"We are taking part because we want to teach other people about our culture. We are looking forward to teaching people about the Travelling community and to taking over the museum."
"Galway 2020 is delighted to be supporting the Galway City Museum Takeover Project. It is fantastic to see a group of young Travellers getting involved in and learning about cultural activities in the city."