Each August, we offer a Summer School opportunity at National Maritime Museum. This is a chance for young people to come and learn more about the Museum, the Collection and be creative. They take part in lots of workshops and have the opportunity to gain a Bronze Arts Award.
Earlier this year, Youth Advisor and Summer School graduate, Matthew Jordan, worked with the Arts Award and Culture Street to make a short film about the Arts Award at National Maritime Museum. Check it out here…
Today we worked on our Trade of Opinions project, learning more about the Museum with specialists and creating poems and short written pieces inspired by the stories in the Collection. Today’s theme was ‘Environment’ and we learnt about Sir John Franklin and the quest for the North-West Passage.
We met Senior Exhibitions Curator, Claire Warrior, to learn more about the story, and worked with creative writer, Shez, to make our own stories.
We interviewed Claire. She told us the news about HMS Terror being discovered and explained the politics and the environmental situation in the Arctic, Matthew Jordan and India
We looked at artefacts from the Franklin display in Voyagers and decided to look at the human aspect of the artefacts, Isobel
We then went to the Caird Library to look at some original letters and documents. We saw the last message Franklin wrote, saying ‘All Well’ which was then updated with news of his death. We also saw letters showing the decline into madness some of the men suffered, with one writing everything backwards and some writing in circles.
I enjoyed looking at the old original documents as it’s the only bits of evidence we have of what happened, Hannah
Youth Advisor, Adrian, shares what we got up to in today’s meeting:
Today we welcomed new members to the group. It was nice meeting everyone and I hope everyone felt instantly at home and comfortable. We now have a Youth Advisor from each corner of London which is great for us to be able to promote our goal to encourage young people to attend the museum. After the introductions, we reflected on past achievements of the group and action planned for the future. The meeting concluded with exclusive entry to a new exhibition in the museum. (Just one of the perks of being a member!)
By tradition, we played “The big wind blows” which instantly broke any ice and allowed the group to bond together. We also learnt about one another which was followed by a memory game to test what features we could remember about each other.