Ten children from a primary school took over Biggin Hill Memorial Museum last month, performing jobs normally carried out by adults.

As part of national Takeover Day, which sees children take on the jobs of adults in museums across the country, pupils from Biggin Hill Primary welcomed visitors, served in the shop, presented objects from the handling collection and even manned the social media outlets.

The day aims to give children a taste of life behind the scenes, inspiring them to pursue a future career in the heritage sector. More than 5,000 people, from toddlers to 25-year-olds, take part every year.

“It has been super fun,” said Libby Mew, 10. “We’ve been in the shop learning how to use the till and counting the objects.

"That was our favourite job so far but we have also learnt many things doing other jobs.”

Museum director Katie Edwards said: “This was our first year hosting a Takeover Day and we had ten pupils from Biggin Hill Primary School.

"It was great to empower young people and give them meaningful roles in our museum. We now plan to do this each year and do a teen takeover day in August.”