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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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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.

Youth Advisors Visit to Museum of London Docklands, 22 September 2012

The Youth Advisors were invited to the opening of a new exhibition at Museum of London Docklands, Many East Ends. We met with the Museum’s youth panel, Junction, and had a tour of the Museum with their Youth Programme Co-ordinator, Lowell Black.  Scroll down for lots of pictures of our day!

Youth Advisors Davina, Fatim, Shezara, Alexa, Thu and Terri outside Museum of London Docklands