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Earlier this year, Youth Advisor and Summer School graduate, Matthew Jordan, worked with the Arts Award and Culture Street to make a short film about the Arts Award at National Maritime Museum. Check it out here…

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 20 September 2014 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/09/20/yag-workshop-saturday-20-september-2014/ http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/09/20/yag-workshop-saturday-20-september-2014/#respond Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:12:52 +0000 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/?p=629 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

Looking at original letters and notebooks

Looking at original letters and notebooks

Isobel reading Franklin's letters to his niece

Isobel reading Franklin’s letters to his niece

Hannah, Claire and Gabriella

Hannah, Claire and Gabriella

We went back to the Briefing Space and came up with questions to interview Claire. We asked why this story is still relevant, what it has to do with the environment and how does the Museum have these items today.

We took a lunch break then Shez taught us about haiku poems and how to write them. We all would start with the words ‘Hope on Hope ever’ inspired by the words Lady Jane Franklin sewed onto a banner for the search voyages.

Hope on Hope ever sledge flag

Hope on Hope ever sledge flag

Shez teaching us about haiku

Shez teaching us about haiku

Writing our words

Writing our words

Writing a haiku

Writing a haiku

We wrote inspired by the words of Lady Franklin, and the objects we saw in the collection.

Hope On Hope Ever
Frosty layers cover him
Sun shines in her heart
Isobel

Hannah was inspired by the bell from the yacht ‘Fox’ sent to find Franklin

Ship's bell from 'Fox' 1855

Ship’s bell from ‘Fox’ 1855

Hope on Hope ever
The bell will help find them
Canada we go
Hannah

Matthew Jordan was inspired by a snow knife made by Inuit people from a British knife taken on the Franklin expedition

Snow Knife

Snow Knife

Hope on Hope ever
Low sun forever in sky
Curved blade never die
Matthew Jordan

Gabriella was inspired by one of Franklin’s medals found or given to an Inuit person

Franklin's Medal

Franklin’s Medal

Hope on Hope ever
The medal in my cold hand
Takes me back in time
Gabriella

India was inspired by snow goggles, found by a search to find Franklin and his crew

Snow Goggles

Snow Goggles

Hope on Hope ever
You lay beneath the frosty ice
Forever blinded
India

We also wrote short 55 word stories and recorded them all for our audio guide.

Shez recording Isobel

Shez recording Isobel

 

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YAG Workshop, Sunday 14 September 2014 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/09/20/yag-workshop/ http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/09/20/yag-workshop/#respond Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:19:02 +0000 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/?p=617 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

Meeting each other

Meeting each other

Learning about our interestes

Learning about our interestes

Finding out what we have in common

Finding out what we have in common

Sharing who we are

Sharing who we are

We explored the Museum and found our names on Maria Amidu’s artwork in the Re:Think space from when we worked with her and the Asian Senior Citizens Club.

Adrian, Mercedes, Frances and Charlotte in Re:Think

Adrian, Mercedes, Frances and Charlotte in Re:Think

Youth Advisors in Re:Think

Youth Advisors in Re:Think

We will embark on our new project and fellow Youth Advisors are reminded to start recording their volunteering hours on VInspired. See you all next time!

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International Slavery Remembrance Day, Saturday 23 August 2014 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/08/25/international-slavery-remembrance-day-saturday-23-august-2014/ http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/08/25/international-slavery-remembrance-day-saturday-23-august-2014/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:11:55 +0000 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/?p=599 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

Rahul and Davina taking part in Lucie's workshop

Rahul and Davina taking part in Lucie’s workshop

Adrian and Mercedes taking part in Lucie's workshop

Adrian and Mercedes taking part in Lucie’s workshop

Shezara chatting with Lucie

Shezara chatting with Lucie

Asmaa and Temi helping with Jean's workshop

Asmaa and Temi helping with Jean’s workshop

Shezara asking Onyeka questions after his lecture

Shezara asking Onyeka questions after his lecture

Rima spotting her name on the display cabinet for the artwork she's been part of

Rima spotting her name on the display cabinet for the artwork she’s been part of

Rima spotting her name on the display cabinet for the artwork she's been part of

Rima spotting her name on the display cabinet for the artwork she’s been part of

Temi contributing to the Re:Think artwork in Maria Amidu's studio

Temi contributing to the Re:Think artwork in Maria Amidu’s studio

Temi and Maria

Temi and Maria

Youth Advisors interviewing the public about their day

Youth Advisors interviewing the public about their day

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Audio Stories Summer School, August 2014 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/08/25/audio-stories-summer-school-august-2014/ http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/08/25/audio-stories-summer-school-august-2014/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:57:23 +0000 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/?p=528 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

Victoria showing her book covers

Victoria showing her book covers

A VIP tour of Nelson, Navy, Nation with curator, Quintin

A VIP tour of Nelson, Navy, Nation with curator, Quintin

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

Meeting Nelson's jacket

Meeting Nelson’s jacket

George reading Nelson's letters

George reading Nelson’s letters

Yinka Shonibare's Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle

Making our own mini exhibitions in the Re:Think

Making our own mini exhibitions in the Re:Think

Taking over Re:Think!

Taking over Re:Think!

Nikishia, Jacob and Maymuna

Nikishia, Jacob and Maymuna

Day Two

Angel looking at a manuscript

Angel looking at a manuscript

Tracey leading an Archive session

Tracey leading an Archive session

Tracey sharing the manuscripts with Summer School students

Tracey sharing the manuscripts with Summer School students

Tracey showing Saima an original document

Tracey showing Saima an original document

Youth Advisors lookign at the manuscripts

Youth Advisors lookign at the manuscripts

Creative writing in Re:Think

Creative writing in Re:Think

Shez and Shajan

Shez and Shajan

Sharing

Sharing

Shajan, Jacob and Mateen in a creative writing workshop

Shajan, Jacob and Mateen in a creative writing workshop

Youth Advisor, Adrian, reading out his poem

Youth Advisor, Adrian, reading out his poem

Dayanna and Sophie rehearsing

Dayanna and Sophie rehearsing

Saima practicing her piece

Saima practicing her piece

Spoken Word workshop, led by Izara B

Spoken Word workshop, led by Izara B

Spoken Word workshop, led by Izara B

Spoken Word workshop, led by Izara B

Spoken Word workshop, led by Izara B

Spoken Word workshop, led by Izara B

Jacob sharing his work with the group

Jacob sharing his work with the group

Day Three

Meeting Richard Dunn for a tour of Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for longitude

Meeting Richard Dunn for a tour of Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for longitude

In the exhibition

In the exhibition

Learning about the Act of Longitude, 1714

Learning about the Act of Longitude, 1714

 

Who was on the Board of Longitude?

Who was on the Board of Longitude?

In the coffee house in the exhibition

In the coffee house in the exhibition

At the top of Greenwich Park

At the top of Greenwich Park

Meeting Heloise Finch-Boyer to learn about Longitude Punk'd

Meeting Heloise Finch-Boyer to learn about Longitude Punk’d

Exploring Longitude Punk'd

Exploring Longitude Punk’d

Exploring Longitude Punk'd

Exploring Longitude Punk’d

Day Four

Playing games on The Great Map

Playing games on The Great Map

Go!

Go!

Great Map quiz

Great Map quiz

Anisa and Shajan

Anisa and Shajan

Sophie's Art Inspiration book

Sophie’s Art Inspiration book

Shez

Shez

Day Five

What's a good teacher?

What’s a good teacher?

Emily getting into the Maritime spirit!

Emily getting into the Maritime spirit!

George and Sophie sharing their creative writing skills

George and Sophie sharing their creative writing skills

Dayanna and Jacob sharing their skills

Dayanna and Jacob sharing their skills

Workshop in the Re:Think

Workshop in the Re:Think

Mateen and Saima working together

Mateen and Saima working together

Angel, Victoria and Emily

Angel, Victoria and Emily

Meeting Artist in Residence, Maria Amidu

Meeting Artist in Residence, Maria Amidu

Contributing to Maria's participation work

Contributing to Maria’s participation work

Emily teaching Jacob Spoken Word Poetry

Emily teaching Jacob Spoken Word Poetry

Dayanna and Shajan

Dayanna and Shajan

Sophie teaching George

Sophie teaching George

Celebrating!

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

Summer School students meeting the Museum's Learning team

Summer School students meeting the Museum’s Learning team

Portfolio Exhibition

Portfolio Exhibition

Portfolio Exhibition

Portfolio Exhibition

Well done to all the students, and the Youth Advisors for supporting. Looking forward to next year’s Summer School!

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YAG Workshop, Monday 28 July 2014 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/08/25/yag-workshop-monday-28-july-2014/ http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/08/25/yag-workshop-monday-28-july-2014/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:05:40 +0000 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/?p=502 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

Sharing Ideas

Sharing Ideas

Playing some word games

Playing some word games

Short stories

Short stories

Working with Tom and Shez to create stories for Vine

Working with Tom and Shez to create stories for Vine

Shezara embracing the Map!

Shezara embracing the Map!

Shezara filming her animation Charlotte and Isobel planning their animation Davina, Tom and Shez working on an animation

Here are our Vine videos:

https://vine.co/v/M0VpAFVzmA6
https://vine.co/v/M0VXj5tvBtd
https://vine.co/v/M0VgVulvLer
https://vine.co/v/M0VgtABUMbL

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 28 June 2014 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/08/25/yag-workshop-saturday-28-june-2014/ http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/08/25/yag-workshop-saturday-28-june-2014/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:37:16 +0000 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/?p=483 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

Here are some of the Group’s writings:

Only means of communication
Love and emotion that could sweep the nation
Nelson’s navy nation

Letters would be unique
Expressing emotions
Inked onto paper
Letters would grow more personal
Personal, to bridge the gap
Gap so big from home to sea and back

People who have been dead for ages
Their possessions still remain
These letters tell stories
They help them to cope with the suffering and pain

Two weeks to get to reply maybe
Maybe they would ok
Ok at home, ok at sea
See how things go, and wait until they get back to me

Until you’ve read what someone’s written
You don’t what’s in their mind
They share a story, they shape a story
From people who no longer remain
And people who were left behind

By Temitope and Kemi

Kemi and Temi reading out their work

Kemi and Temi reading out their work

A gold coin, a token of your love
Love that cannot be swept away
Away you left out to sea
Sea that took you away from me

A gold coin weighing in my hand heavy
Heavy hearted I say farewell
Farewell for now
Now I stand on my own

A gold coin that feels so light
Light with your promises
Promises to return home
Home reawakened when you return

A gold coin, a token of our marriage
Marriage as lovely as the sea and sky
Sky which holds a blanket of stars
Stars which look upon you every night

By Asmaa and Rasni

Asmaa and Rasni reading out their work

Asmaa and Rasni reading out their work

The ships leaving the dock
Our lover’s hearts chained to the dock
Communication few and far between
Many men never to be seen

Children and I man a ship
A tiresome and treacherous trip
The luxury and familiarity of home life
Sought to provide for parents, family and wife

A heavy wax seal
Concealing all that I feel
The glass vial containing all of my ink
Helps me to pour out all that I think

For the wax, light my candle
The sentiment more than I can handle
I am uncertain of the journey of this letter
I wait for the day our situation betters

By Asmaa

These letters tell stories
These possessions still remain
Expressed emotions

By Kemi

The most common things
Like a tool for survival
At home and at sea

By Temitope

Top ways of writing!

Top ways of writing!

Can you still hear each other?!

Can you still hear each other?!

Practicing projecting our voices

Practicing projecting our voices

Working with Izara

Working with Izara

Practicing our Spoken Word Poems

Practicing our Spoken Word Poems

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 21 June 2014 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/06/24/yag-workshop-saturday-21-june-2014/ http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/06/24/yag-workshop-saturday-21-june-2014/#respond Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:09:17 +0000 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/?p=460 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

Life below deck

Life below deck

Looking at our chosen objects

Looking at our chosen objects

What happened to Napoleon?

What happened to Napoleon?

Surgery at Sea

Surgery at Sea

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

Exploring Nelson, Navy, Nation

We then worked with Izara to start exploring writing. The Youth Advisors worked on two different themes – being a young person in a museum and the objects we had explored with James. They used techniques such as free writing and exploring the senses to learn how to share their ideas.

Focused!

Focused!

Izara chatting with the Youth Advisors

Izara chatting with the Youth Advisors

Here are some snippits of the Youth Advisors’ writing:

Being a young person in a museum is a wonderful thing because someone who hasn’t been in the world vary long can be transported to any point in history and learn about people they will never meet, places that may no longer exist and events they will never experience… Charlotte

They are leaving their loved ones behind, there is no guarantee how long for, survival is not granted, but they crave to see their faces again, the subtle voice of their child, the love felt from wives and mistresses, all deeply affected by their absence. When the hardship of life at sea is over just for a day, the sailors take time to mentally reach out to those they love… Piarvé

On board the ship, the soldiers ate a lot healthier than people think since the need to have a healthy diet in order to do their job. The cure to scurvy was also discovered during that time, adding lemon and lime juice to their various drinks, which significantly reduced the amount of scurvy sufferers… Sola

Seeing the way I can inspire others encourages me. Other people can probably smell the curiosity I have when I come to the museum. I hear sounds of joy, ie. laughter. The comfort I feel when I come to the museum is something that I hope other people can feel. I can see the way I am perceived as a young person perceived by others. Having the opportunity to explore various past lives feels exhilarating… Kemi

Men, men everywhere but his brother is not in sight
Voices pierving through his ears yet he only hears his own
Surrounded by sea, but why can he see home
He is alone
So he sends a token
A symbol
His loved ones are delighted they receive this token
And know he’s alive
How would you communicate at sea in 1797
Through his words on paper. Like Nelson
Nelson would write to his wife and mistress and you would know
It was Nelson writing because each of his letters were
Stamped with red ink
It took two weeks…Tina

It’s ironic being a young person in a museum. Someone who hasn’t been alive for ages, surrounded by people who have been dead for ages. Being a young person takes you back and makes you feel as though you were physically there. Being a young person in a museum can be interesting when the artifacts and the themes are relatable and when unusual stories are being told, not just of wars and battles as typically done. Being a young person in a museum is mainly about trying to understand and empathise with the people whose stories are being shared, looking deeper inside their own selves and maybe picturing themselves as a young person in that time, as having to imagine more than what is being said makes being there much more interesting. Being a young person in a museum makes you think about how fast history is changing… Temi

 

 

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YAG Workshop, Saturday 17 May 2014 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/06/24/yag-workshop-saturday-17-may-2014/ http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/06/24/yag-workshop-saturday-17-may-2014/#respond Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:03:29 +0000 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/?p=440 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 

We then met up in the Re:Think space to exchange ideas on what was interesting. We asked questions and exchanged ideas on what sailors ate, why they joined the Navy, what was life like onboard and how did they stay in touch with family?

Exchanging ideas

Exchanging ideas

Exchanging ideas

We then had an explore of two new exhibitions. The first, Guiding Lights, looks at safety at sea over the last 500 years.

Visiting Guiding Lights

Visiting Guiding Lights

Finally we went up to the Royal Observatory to see Longitude Punk’d, a reinterpretation of the 18th century quest for Longitude created and developed by steampunk artists. It was a good chance to see how alternative stories can be told and how playful and creative museum storytelling can be.

Youth Advisors at the top of Greenwich Park

Exploring Longitude Punk'd

Exploring Longitude Punk’d

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YAG Workshop, Tuesday 15 April 2014 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/04/21/yag-workshop-tuesday-15-april-2014/ http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/2014/04/21/yag-workshop-tuesday-15-april-2014/#respond Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:33:48 +0000 http://youthadvisorygroup.rmg.co.uk/youthadvisorygroup/?p=387 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

The Asian Senior Citizens Club group worked with Maria to make a film about spices for the Museum’s Traders gallery. In 2009 some of the Youth Advisors also worked with Maria to learn more about the East India Company, so both groups had their stories to share and the Youth Advisors showed some of the images from their Traders Remixed exhibition.

Youth Advisors introducing themselves

Youth Advisors introducing themselves

Youth Advisors introducing themselves

Youth Advisors introducing themselves

After sharing lunch, we all had an explore of the space. Youth Advisor Davina said, I like the fact it’s interactive, there are things to do and it’s a big space. Youth Advisor Ruth added, I like the space, it’s really cool. I like the whole idea of it and it’s really interactive.

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Youth Advisors in the Re:Think Space

Maria showing the Asian Senior Citizens Centre group the interactives

Maria showing the Asian Senior Citizens Club group the interactives

The Asian Senior Citizens Club really liked the space, commenting:

It’s a great space for people to come together and talk and discuss history

We can learn from each other, it’s very friendly

It makes you feel like you can do anything

Exploring the Re:Think space

Exploring the Re:Think space

What would you put ina bottle?

What would you put in a bottle?

Leaving your mark

Leaving your mark

Looking at the collection online

Looking at the collection online

Leaving a message

Leaving a message

Making a paper ship

Making a paper ship

In the Re:Think there are areas to make paper boats, and also areas to leave your ideas of what you would put in a bottle. Some of the Threads Summer School work, which was inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s artwork, was displayed in the cabinets.

Looking at some of the Summer School portfolios on display

Looking at some of the Summer School portfolios on display

Leave your mark

Leave your mark

Watching a video about Yinka Shonibare

Watching a video about Yinka Shonibare

Isobel looking at pictures of the artwork

Isobel looking at pictures of the artwork

Youth Advisors making boats

Youth Advisors making boats

Re:Think

Re:Think

Re:Think

Re:Think

We then met with Hannah Kay, one of the Museum’s Exhibitions Interpretation Curators and she told us more about how the Museum writes labels and how big this responsibility is. She told us as soon as something goes on a label it becomes a fact, and it can be difficult to explain things in a way that will make everyone understand the object or story fully. Youth Advisor Josh commented, The label writing was good fun – thinking about how to write in a concise way.

Hannah introducing interpretation to the group

Hannah introducing interpretation to the group

Reading more about interpretation in museums

Reading more about interpretation in museums

Re:Think

Re:Think

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Writing our own labels for objects

Boat making

Boat making

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Maria then showed the groups how to make a nail from wax. She will be working with people to produce their own nails which will become part of a big collaborative work commemorating all the people involved in shipbuilding. Once the groups had made their nails, they wrote their names on a board so they can be included in the artwork.

Adding our names to a board for everyone that made a piece of art

Adding our names to a board for everyone that made a piece of art

Adding our names to a board for everyone that made a piece of art

Joshua creating a wax boat

Joshua creating a wax boat

Joshua and Rahul creating a wax boat

Joshua and Rahul creating a wax boat

Finished nails

Finished nails

It was great to see the space and be the first group to use it, working with Maria and the Asian Senior Citizens Club. Youth Advisor Shezara said It’s really cool that [the Asian Senior Citizens Club] are here. I want to volunteer for them – they can adopt me!

I hope we can work together again soon and we’ll definitely spend more time in the Re:Think.

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