Museum shows teens the door

Asheligh Robinson and Emily Downs, who were refused admission to the museum.

Asheligh Robinson and Emily Downs, who were refused admission to the museum.

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TWO schoolgirls were banned from entering a museum – because they were too young.

Emily Downs and Ashleigh Robinson, both 13, were told by staff at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery that they could not enter without an adult because they were under 16.

The friends, who live in Heysham and attend Ripley St Thomas CE Academy in Lancaster, had been dropped off at the museum by Emily’s mum, Carolyn Downs, who carried on to work at the nearby University of Salford campus, where she lectures.

Dr Downs, a mother of seven from Cumberland View, was surprised when they appeared at her office just 10 minutes later saying that they had been refused admission.

She rang the museum and claimed that an employee told her that “99 per cent of young people are not fit to come into the museum,” before qualifying his remark by saying it related to youths in Salford.

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-03-12) for full story.