We decided through group discussion that the theme of our first Takeover event would be ‘Magical Soirée’, based on objects in the collection that interested members in the group and thinking about what would make an appealing event that we could market. We aimed to sell 150 tickets, and decided to price these at £4 per ticket.
We planned that the event would involve specially designed light projections, an object trail that morphed into a tour, object handling, hands-on activities such as biscuit decorating and potion making, as well as face-painting. We divided up event planning roles, taking on different areas of responsibility such as production, marketing, collections research and activity planning. The group thought that Live Music was a key part of an appealing event, and one of the group asked the local four-piece band The Land Girls to play.
|Live Music © Pitt Rivers Museum|
The month before the event was hectic with everyone working hard to get everything ready. It was a big success162 people attended the event, including the Youth Panel from the Natural History Museum and Ashmolean Museum, as well as the National Gallery Young Producers. The event generated an income of £553 which will be used towards the next Pitt YAT Takeover event.
One visitor said: 'Thank you for a Marvellously Magical Soiree! There was magic everywhere:from the swirling constellations to the artefacts which seemed to feel the spirit and almost leap out of their glassed cabinets. Thank you for sharing your energy, enthusiasm and knowledge with us and making the museum we love even more special!'
|Attending the Takeover event © Pitt Rivers Museum|