Some of the Youth Advisors were invited to see Yinka Shonibare in Conversation at National Maritime Museum. Art curator, Melanie Vandenbrouck chatted with Yinka, learning about his work and practice. She asked about the significance of his work coming to Greenwich, and Yinka talked about how we are a mixed population due to Britain’s maritime power. He wants to link between personal identities and history and how our personal destinies have been shaped by what other people did in the past.
The Youth Advisors took over Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle! Today they welcomed members of the public to some and discuss the artwork and themes with them and share their ideas on key words inspired by the artwork. Visitors were then invited to search these words on the Museum’s Collections Online. The search word could bring up lots of original archive objects we have in our collection, and the Youth Advisors showed them how to find out more about them and pick one of interest to add to our ideas.
Today the Youth Advisors met with Joshua Newton, Curator of World and Maritime History at National Maritime Museum. He told us about his research into the British Navy in West Africa in the 18th Century and how he came to be a curator. He told us about a sailing experience he had as a schoolboy and how cold and tiring it was, but it made an impact as did the film Master and Commander. Focusing on philosophy and history for his undergraduate degree, he took a module in British Naval history and the more research he did, the things that seemed incredibly boring came to life. Joshua has now worked at the Museum for 6 months.
Youth Advisor India commented It was interesting meeting Josh and finding out about his role in the Museum. Continue reading
Youth Advisors Needed!
National Maritime Museum Youth Advisory Group Recruitment Day
Saturday 19 October, 12-14:30
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Would you like to add a new opportunity to your CV? Do you want to make a difference to your community and the way young people access museums? Want to make new friends, help others and gain new skills? Join the National Maritime Museum’s Youth Advisory Group!
|Youth Advisors meeting the Learning team in their offices at National Maritime Museum|
The YAG is open for 14-21 year olds who want to make the Museum relevant to young people through organising events and workshops, acting as Museum consultants, going behind the scenes to explore the Museum and sharing their ideas with others. The YAG is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in their local community, learn new skills in a professional setting, build their confidence by taking part and having a voice and be creative.
|Youth Advisors taking part in a creative workshop for an exhibition|
After so much practice and preparation, International Slavery Remembrance Day had arrived. The Youth Advisors had practiced, prepped and prepared and welcomed 40 young people to the Museum to take part in two creative workshops, teaching wax resist and block printing skills inspired by Ghanaian fabrics.
The Youth Advisors had the opportunity to volunteer at a big National Maritime Museum event, Stargazing Live. The event ties in with the BBC2 programme, giving visitors the chance to explore what astronauts do, learn about the planets and take part in fun activities. Over 1000 visitors attended and Youth Advisors Charlotte, Thu, Davina, Shezara, Terri and Callum took part.
Youth Advisor, Terri, shares what we got up to…
10thJanuary was the BBC 2 stargazing, this was a great project to be a part of. We were partnered with the Classroom Medics. We learnt what its like for a astronaut to train and to complete tests, there was a hand strength test & heart test. This is was all great fun and a great pleasure to be part off we enjoyed working with Sarah and Tom in the Classroom Medics.
We helped out Classroom Medics, learning the kinds of tests astronauts would have to do to be medically fit, including testing strength, heart rate and peripheral vision.
|Classroom Medic’s Sarah, showing the Youth Advisors how to use the BATAK wall to test your peripheral vision|
We just had our Takeover Event and the Youth Advisors were amazing!
The Youth Advisory Group has been working with artist Yara El-Sherbini to create a playful intervention in the Museum for Takeover Day. This is a national event ran by Kids in Museums and is our first year taking part. The Youth Advisors developed a series of questions about trust and young people that they want to ask Museum visitors in a questionnaire style.
Youth Advisor, Nicole, shares the day…
‘We firstly went over the plans for the event and listed the roles of each individual and what exactly they would be doing for Takeover Day. Then we took over the Compass Lounge and asked members of the public to answer a questionnaire with a Youth Advisory Group member for them to be in with the chance to win an Ansel Adams catalogue and two tickets’
The best part of the day was meeting and greeting new people who attended the day. Interacting with new people was the best part! I enjoyed the way people would respond to the questions being asked and looking at people taking part; they seemed really happy’
Youth Advisors Tianna, Frances and Mercedes share what we did in this meeting…
‘We played a new game, which was relaxing and broke the ice. We brainstormed many questions for our Takeover Day survey and made a shortlist of ten. We decided roles for the Takeover Day.
|The Youth Advisors sharing ideas|
We worked with Yara and Shauna and also practised asking our questions with Graham, a National Maritime Museum Visitor Experience member of staff. It was good to see Graham completing the survey, as the responses and the thought process during the survey was very interesting’ Continue reading
The Youth Advisors are taking over the Museum! On Saturday 24 November 2012, the Youth Advisory Group will be working with artist Yara El-Sherbini to create playful conversations inspired by young people, museums and the sea. The event has been advertised already on the Museum website, so let your friends know. We will have our first meeting on Saturday 03 November to work with Yara.
|Youth Advisors in the Compass Lounge|
Date for the diaries – next Thursday 19 September, will be Talk Like a Pirate Day
|Flag from Pirate Yacht Club, Bridlington (1898). In National Maritime Museum’s collection|
So get practising! I’ll inspire you with my favourite pirate joke –
To find out more about the day, click here