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YAG Workshop, Sunday 14 September 2014

Youth Advisor, Adrian, shares what we got up to in today’s meeting:

Today we welcomed new members to the group. It was nice meeting everyone and I hope everyone felt instantly at home and comfortable. We now have a Youth Advisor from each corner of London which is great for us to be able to promote our goal to encourage young people to attend the museum. After the introductions, we reflected on past achievements of the group and action planned for the future. The meeting concluded with exclusive entry to a new exhibition in the museum. (Just one of the perks of being a member!)

By tradition, we played “The big wind blows” which instantly broke any ice and allowed the group to bond together. We also learnt about one another which was followed by a memory game to test what features we could remember about each other.

Playing the Big Wind Blows

Playing the Big Wind Blows

Playing the Big Wind Blows

Playing the Big Wind Blows

Playing the Big Wind Blows

Playing the Big Wind Blows

Playing the Big Wind Blows

Playing the Big Wind Blows

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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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Takeover Day, 23 November 2013

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.

India announcing the workshop to the whole Museum

India announcing the workshop to the whole Museum

Rahul chatting to a visitor as her object image prints

Rahul chatting to a visitor as her object image prints

Rasni showing a visitor how to use Collections Online

Rasni showing a visitor how to use Collections Online

Youth Advisors helping the public

Youth Advisors helping the public

Youth Advisors with their Takeover Day certificates

Youth Advisors with their Takeover Day certificates

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 07 September 2013

Today we welcomed new members to Youth Advisory Group from Threads Summer School. Summer School student, Posola shares what happened…

At the end of the Threads Summer School, all the participants were invited to join the Youth Advisory Group held at the National Maritime Museum. I went to my first YAG session today and learnt a bit of what being a Youth Advisor is all about. Shortly after, we devoured some pizzas then headed off to the Visions of the Universe exhibition (we got to go in for free!) where I spent the next couple of hours marvelling at the beautiful photographs of our Universe. I’ll be coming back for the next session ready to plan some activities for Recruitment Day 🙂 

Youth Advisors with certificates for designing and leading workshops in August
Youth Advisors with their tickets for Visions of the Universe

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.