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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 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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YAG Workshop, Friday 01 November 2013

Today the Youth Advisors came in to meet with Maria Amidu, our artist in residence. We thought back to the conversations about Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle and what themes we identified with or felt were interesting. The Youth Advisors chose key words, such as culture, expedition, history, Africa, ship, journey, textiles, treasure, victory and honour.  These words were searched for on the Museum’s Collections Online website, and the Youth Advisors saved objects that were interesting or had a personal connection.

Jordan and Joan searching online using iPads

Jordan and Joan searching online using iPads

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Youth Advisory Group Meeting, Sunday 06 January 2013

Youth Advisor Bryn shares what we did in today’s meeting…

We started out by just going over takeover day; how it went, how we felt about it and that sort of thing. Overall, we all agreed that we thought the takeover day had been a big success. We then quickly went over what we might do in the coming year, including a possible summer program that would be run by us! Later on, we went over the characteristics that we thought a museum should have, and what defined a museum. Finally, we took a look at one of the museum’s prized exhibits; the coat that Nelson wore when he was shot. 

Takeover Day

We just had our Takeover Event and the Youth Advisors were amazing!

 

Getting ready!

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.

Project Managers Callum and Terri giving a team brief
 

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 Youth Advisors at the end of Takeover Day

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’

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Youth Advisory Group Meeting, Sunday 18 November 2012

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

Youth Advisory Group Meeting, Saturday 03 November 2012

Youth Advisor Keisha shares what we got up to at our last meeting…

‘The Youth Advisory Group will be taking over the Museum as a short project, so today we generated questions and ideas we can contribute to this day. The best thing was exploring the ideas of how a museum is presented and what it is known for; the reasons for a museum and how we automatically trust what they include and tell us. I was interested in how museums contribute to history and learning more about them. Today was my first time attending and it was good as it has intrigued me to come again’

Youth Advisors sharing ideas

We worked with artist, Yara El-Sherbini and looked at the following questions…

 

How do you feel when you come into the Museum? Do you know how to not feel out of place in museums/ How to feel you belong in museums?
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Takeover Day

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