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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, 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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YAG Workshop, Tuesday 15 April 2014

The Museum’s new Re:Think space has opened and the Youth Advisors were the first group invited in use it. Working with artist in residence, Maria Amidu, the Youth Advisors met with the Asian Senior Citizen Club group to learn more about how the space will work and had a play. We also met with Exhibitions Interpretation Curator Hannah Kay to learn more about how the Museum tells stories and writes labels for the objects it displays. The Re:Think space features Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle and is designed to be a space for conversation, learning and participantion to understand and share the artwork and it’s themes.

Looking at the displays

Looking at the displays

Re:Think

Re:Think

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Exploring the Re:Think space

Exploring the Re:Think space

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