Students take over at the palace!

Students take over at the palace!

11 November 2011

Three Hinchley Wood School students will be taking over the running of Hampton Court Palace on Friday 11 November 2011, or at least the part that deals with its visitors!

Working in partnership with independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, three Hinchley Wood School students will be taking over the running of Hampton Court Palace on Friday 11 November 2011, or at least the part that deals with its visitors!

The year 10 students have been invited to take on the roles of three key members of the Palace staff – Head of Visitor Services, Visitor Experience Manager and State Apartment Warder Supervisor – as part of national Takeover Day, an event initiated by Kids in Museums in conjunction with the Children’s Commissioner. Initially aimed at meaningfully involving young people in museums, this second year sees the campaign extended to heritage sites including Hampton Court Palace, which was keen to be involved.

The aim is for young people to have a ‘real life’ working experience, so to start with it will be a slightly longer day than usual for Hinchley Wood students Vlad Marshall, Hannah Schmidt and Paloma Wooden. Although guided by their professional adult counterparts, they will be expected to take over the palace jobs completely, from chairing meetings and making decisions to touring the grounds and attending a special Remembrance Day ceremony.

“This is a great opportunity for Vlad, Hannah and Paloma, who worked hard to earn their place at Hampton Court Palace” commented head teacher Steve Poole.  “It was not a case of just volunteering, they had to apply for the jobs, be shortlisted and then attend an interview.  However, it does mean they have had a glimpse of what it is like to look for employment and it will be an invaluable experience for them, as well as looking great on their CV!”

Daniel Ferguson, Education Manager at Hampton Court Palace, said: “We are delighted to support this initiative at the Palace. Thousands of students visit us every year to learn about Henry VIII, but Takeover Day is an opportunity for these highly motivated students to develop their skills in an inspiring working environment, and make decisions that will have a real impact on the visitor experience."

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Katrina Whenham on 020 3166 6307 or

Notes to editors
Hampton Court Palace is run by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) which also looks after the Tower of London, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  It helps everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

HRP receives no funding from the Government or the Crown, so it depends on the support of visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation and HRP manages them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

HRP believes in four principles.  Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world.  Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work. Registered charity number 1068852

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