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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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International Slavery Remembrance Day, Saturday 23 August 2014

On Saturday, eleven Youth Advisors supported the Museum’s annual International Slavery Remembrance Day commemorations. We supported workshops, including an object handling session ran by artist Jean Campbell, and we also got to go to lots of activities, including a lecture about Africans in Tudor Britain by Onyeka, a gallery tour of The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire led by Formal Learning Officer Lucie Trottman and a tour of Traders led by historian S.I. Martin. After the Songs of Freedom singing workshop, led by Ethnovox, we attended the Closing Ceremony by the Thames.

‘We did a tour of the Atlantic Gallery with Lucie. It was really awesome. It was very audience involved’, Isobel

‘I learnt that there was a really big manila that was worth someone’s life, so you could buy someone with that one piece of jewellery’, Shezara

Youth Advisors by the River

Youth Advisors by the River

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Audio Stories Summer School, August 2014

During August, we’ve welcomed 13 young people to the Museum for a Bronze Arts Awards accredited Summer School, looking at how museums tell stories. We worked with curators Quintin Colville, Richard Dunn and Heloise Finch-Boyer, Archive Learning Officer Tracey Weller and writers Izara B and Paul Sherreard to explore the Museum’s collection and make creative responses. And, of course, the Youth Advisors were here to welcome them!

Here are some of our highlights…

Day One

Getting to know each other

Getting to know each other

Getting to know each other

Getting to know each other

Emily making her book

Emily making her book

Mateen making a book

Mateen making a book

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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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Threads Summer School

During August, National Maritime Museum hosted a seven day programme for young people to gain a Bronze Arts Award. Threads Summer School welcomed 17 young people to take part in creative and historical workshops. Here are some highlights…

Threads Summer School students with Youth Advisors
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Youth Advisors and Summer School Students

During August summer holidays, National Maritime Museum welcomed 17 young people to take part in Threads Summer School, a seven day programme inspired by African textiles and Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle. They signed up through Futureversity and took part in creative and skills based workshops, from bookmaking to object handling, meeting curators and visiting exhibitions, researching artists, writers and musicians they love and leading a workshop to share skills they had learnt.
 

YAG Workshop,Monday 05 and Tuesday 06 August 2013

In these workshops, the Youth Advisors practiced their Dutch Wax workshop for their summer programmes. They ran through the whole thing start to finish. They taught Formal Learning officer Lucie Trottman what to do and were amazing! They also planned out all their workshops, including the roles, the timings and thinking about health & safety with the Museum’s Health & Safety Advisor Karen Haden. We then met with Steve Martin, who is curating this year’s International Slavery Remembrance Day commemoration at National Maritime Museum. The Youth Advisors are running a workshop for young people, so it is important they understand the history and what else is happening on the day.

We learnt a new game today – Fishes!

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YAG Workshop, Thursday 25 July 2013

Today the Youth Advisors worked with artist Seiwa Cunningham to plan for their own workshops. They will be running a workshop for summer school students in August and also a public workshop for International Slavery Remembrance Day on Friday 23 August. They will share two of the creative techniques they have learnt and the history of the textiles they are inspired by.

We began the day by thinking about how the workshops would happen – where will they be? Why are we doing it? Who is our audience? What do we need to do to prepare? We had a group discussion

 

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