YAG Workshop, Saturday 21 June 2014

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 21 June 2014

We had our first workshop with Izara B, spoken word artist. Izara worked with the Youth Advisors to create their own responses to the collection and being a young person at National Maritime Museum. We toured Nelson, Navy, Nation with Curator of Naval History, James Davey to learn about what the different themes are and to choose an object we can use for inspiration. The Youth Advisors were really inspired by the different forms of communication and how sailors shared their experiences with loved ones. We were interested in love tokens, letters home and Nelson’s gifts to his daughter, Nelson’s writing set and the ship’s biscuits.

Isobel chatting with James

Isobel chatting with James

What was life like below deck?

What was life like below deck?

Nelson commemorative souvenirs

Nelson commemorative souvenirs

James Davey telling the Youth Advisors about port life in Deptford and Woolwich

James Davey telling the Youth Advisors about port life in Deptford and Woolwich

Life below deck

Life below deck

Looking at our chosen objects

Looking at our chosen objects

What happened to Napoleon?

What happened to Napoleon?

Surgery at Sea

Surgery at Sea

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

We then worked with Izara to start exploring writing. The Youth Advisors worked on two different themes – being a young person in a museum and the objects we had explored with James. They used techniques such as free writing and exploring the senses to learn how to share their ideas.

Focused!

Focused!

Izara chatting with the Youth Advisors

Izara chatting with the Youth Advisors

Here are some snippits of the Youth Advisors’ writing:

Being a young person in a museum is a wonderful thing because someone who hasn’t been in the world vary long can be transported to any point in history and learn about people they will never meet, places that may no longer exist and events they will never experience… Charlotte

They are leaving their loved ones behind, there is no guarantee how long for, survival is not granted, but they crave to see their faces again, the subtle voice of their child, the love felt from wives and mistresses, all deeply affected by their absence. When the hardship of life at sea is over just for a day, the sailors take time to mentally reach out to those they love… Piarvé

On board the ship, the soldiers ate a lot healthier than people think since the need to have a healthy diet in order to do their job. The cure to scurvy was also discovered during that time, adding lemon and lime juice to their various drinks, which significantly reduced the amount of scurvy sufferers… Sola

Seeing the way I can inspire others encourages me. Other people can probably smell the curiosity I have when I come to the museum. I hear sounds of joy, ie. laughter. The comfort I feel when I come to the museum is something that I hope other people can feel. I can see the way I am perceived as a young person perceived by others. Having the opportunity to explore various past lives feels exhilarating… Kemi

Men, men everywhere but his brother is not in sight
Voices pierving through his ears yet he only hears his own
Surrounded by sea, but why can he see home
He is alone
So he sends a token
A symbol
His loved ones are delighted they receive this token
And know he’s alive
How would you communicate at sea in 1797
Through his words on paper. Like Nelson
Nelson would write to his wife and mistress and you would know
It was Nelson writing because each of his letters were
Stamped with red ink
It took two weeks…Tina

It’s ironic being a young person in a museum. Someone who hasn’t been alive for ages, surrounded by people who have been dead for ages. Being a young person takes you back and makes you feel as though you were physically there. Being a young person in a museum can be interesting when the artifacts and the themes are relatable and when unusual stories are being told, not just of wars and battles as typically done. Being a young person in a museum is mainly about trying to understand and empathise with the people whose stories are being shared, looking deeper inside their own selves and maybe picturing themselves as a young person in that time, as having to imagine more than what is being said makes being there much more interesting. Being a young person in a museum makes you think about how fast history is changing… Temi

 

 

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