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YAG Workshop, Saturday 20 September 2014

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

Claire sharing her expertise with us

Claire sharing her expertise with us

We looked at artefacts from the Franklin display in Voyagers and decided to look at the human aspect of the artefacts, Isobel

In Voyagers seeing the objects with Claire

In Voyagers seeing the objects with Claire

With Shez in Voyagers

With Shez in Voyagers

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

Claire with Bryn

Claire with Bryn

Looking at artefacts in the Caird Library

Looking at artefacts in the Caird Library

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YAG Workshop, Thursday 30 May 2013

In this YAG workshop, the Youth Advisors spent the morning making flowers for the Garden of England exhibition by Alice Kettle in the Queen’s House. They worked with Louise Simkiss, Adult Programmes Manager at National Maritime Museum, to make their own pieces from fabrics. In the afternoon, we visited one of the Museum’s stores to learn about naval uniforms with Amy Miller, Curator of Decorative Arts & Material Culture.

Louise talking about The Garden of England
Youth Advisors making their own flowers
Learning about uniforms with Amy, including Nelson’s uniform

YAG Workshop, 25 May 2013

The Youth Advisors did some bookmaking today to make photo diaries of some recent workshops. Shauna taught them how to make an accordion book, using paper with Dutch Wax and Adinkra fabrics printed on. Lucas shares his highlight of the workshop:

‘The best part was making the books, because they turned out rather professional’