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Toddlers and Children Celebrate Cutty Sark's 145th Birthday

Pupils steer Cutty Sark through a series of celebratory events

Pupils steered the Cutty Sark through a series of events over the weekend as part of Kids in Greenwich Maritime Museum’s Takeover Day 2014. 

Coinciding with the ships 145th birthday celebrations, pupils from Sherington Primary School, Greenwich became Learning Officers and took part a fun-filled day for toddlers, babies, and their grown-ups.  The fantastic team of 10 and 11 year olds helped run the events including storytelling, toys and workshops, and collect visitor’s thoughts and feedback throughout the day.

The Takeover Day was the first event to mark Cutty Sark’s 145th birthday, and celebrate the children and young people’s contribution to museums, galleries and historic homes. As well as wishing the world famous ship a happy birthday, Toddler Takeover Day gave meaningful roles for the children, who worked alongside staff participating in the life of the museum.

Acclaimed folk singer Karine Polwart performed underneath the ships magnificent hull accompanied by her brother, Steven Polwart, and acclaimed singer, song-writer and instrumentalist Inge Thomson.

Captain Woodget, Cutty Sark’s longest serving master, regaled stories of life on board the fastest tea clipper while the shanty singing group Swinging the Lead will be performing traditional sea shanties around the ship.

On Sunday visitors met the man who owned Cutty Sark, Jock ‘White hat’ Willis, and discovered the secrets of his success. Having failed in his previous attempts to win the China Tea Race he contracted the young firm of Scott & Linton to construct a tea clipper to beat all others.

For more information about Cutty Sark events go to http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/longitude.

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