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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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Meet the Museum, Tuesday 18 February 2014

Meet the Museum Day was a chance for the Youth Advisors to meet with members of staff from all different departments within the museum and learn about what their roles are, what their typical days are like and how they got their jobs. We met with conservators, designers, curators, astronomers and even the Director! It also allowed provided the opportunity to hear about all the upcoming exhibitions and plans that are due to take place around the museum’s sites.

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 16 November 2013

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.

Joshua speaking with the Youth Advisors

Joshua speaking with the Youth Advisors

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Meet the Museum, Tuesday 19 February 2013

Today the Youth Advisors had the opportunity to come and meet National Maritime Museum staff and find out more about what they do, how they got their roles here and what their experience and education was before. Youth Advisor Piarve tells us more…

MEET THE MUSEUM 2013 
The future is unexpected and you just never know where life will take you. One thing which has been constantly stressful to hear is ‘think about your career’ and ‘what do you want to be’, and as a young person the answer can sometimes be ‘I don’t know’ or I am very interested in so and so but I don’t think there are any jobs in it.
 
 
Today I met a wide range of people and careers which I did not imagine existed. I met a graphics designer who did graphic design from university level, graphic design as a first job and is now the graphics designer at the national maritime, but also met a lady, who did an African and Asia literature degree, started her career in media and did some journalism, yet has ended up working as a learning officer at the national maritime (what a mix of skills!). I also met a photographer who despite not attending uni, built a strong portfolio of work, did some freelancing and is now a full time photographer at the museum.