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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, Monday 28 July 2014

Today we worked with The Great Map project manager, Jennifer Ross, to learn more about the digital projects inspired by our huge map of the world. We played one of the games, finding treasure all around the map. We then thought about ideas of games for young people like us. We worked with writers Paul Sherreard and Tom Banks to make our own nano fiction stories and we were inspired by these to make Vine videos. Phew, it was a packed day!

Isobel and Terri playing one of the Great Map interactive games

Isobel and Terri playing one of the Great Map interactive games

Isobel, Charlotte and Terri playing on The Great Map

Isobel, Charlotte and Terri playing on The Great Map

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 28 June 2014

Today was our second workshop with Spoken Word Artist Izara B. We reflected on the objects we’d found last time in Nelson, Navy, Nation  and then worked with Izara to refine and perform our spoken word pieces. Today was also the Caird Library Open Day and so we got to meet some of the Archives team to see original letters from the Georgian Navy.

Looking at the letters and love tokens sent by sailors to their loved ones

Looking at the letters and love tokens sent by sailors to their loved ones

Looking at Nelson's writing set and seal

Looking at Nelson’s writing set and seal

Visiting the Caird Library to see archive material

Visiting the Caird Library to see archive material

Meeting Archivist, Martin Salmon

Meeting Archivist, Martin Salmon

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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

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 17 May 2014

We started thinking about the Sea and had an introduction to the new YAG project in this meeting. The Youth Advisors will work together to produce an audio guide aimed at other young people sharing stories from the Museum’s main themes.

In this meeting we started thinking about the first theme, which is the Royal Navy. The Youth Advisors explored Nelson, Navy, Nation and used gallery floorplans to note what they were interested in and what was inspiring.

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation 

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