At today’s Youth Advisors meeting, we reflected back over the last time we met on our Meet the Museum day, discussed how to put the experience of YAG on CVs and personal statements and met with members of the Visitor Experience team on the Great Map to find out what they are looking at doing to engage young foreign visitors. We also discussed ideas for this year’s summer school programme, looking at the possibility of developing our own audio guides and looking at the different ways we can tell stories through the use of spoken word, soundscapes and alternative narratives. We ended the meeting by heading over to the Queen’s House to test out the audio guides available there and talking about how we could change the format to make the narrative more interesting and appealing to young people.
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.
At the last YAG meeting, we learnt about upcoming plans for the Museum in 2014 and opportunities for the Youth Advisory Group to get involved. The Youth Advisors started thinking about different careers in the Museum and what the different departments do. They made a wishlist of the departments they’d like to work with in the future, and then advised on YAG work experience programmes. This will be a YAG only opportunity which the Youth Advisors will help to develop.
Three of the Youth Advisors will be moving on to focus on studies and we want to say a big thank you to Terri, Thu and Jennifer for being such an important part of the Youth Advisory Group for the past couple of years. We will miss you and well done for all your contributions.
Terri and Thu share their memories of being Youth Advisors:
Being in the Youth Advisory Group for two years has changed me a lot by helping me become the person I am today. It has also helped me with my autism by gaining confidence in what I do and being able to speak forward and getting my point across. My favourite experience was being invited to meet Prince Philip.
Another great experience in being a Youth Advisor is meeting Kevin Fewster, the Director of the Museum. We were able to do a question and answer session with him. It was an honourable experience and a pleasure. We were all grateful he was able to fit us into his busy schedule
It was our last YAG meeting of 2013! We visited Turner & the Sea exhibition and had the YAG meeting in the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and saw a Planetarium show. We reflected on 2013 and looked forward to 2014.
Youth Advisors Thu and Terri share what we got up to…
When visiting Turner & the Sea exhibition, I was overwhelmed by the excitement of visiting a new exhibition that was different. One of my favourite paintings was the Battle of Trafalgar and a blue sunset. This was because these two paintings sand out from the others and I thought the textures on both were amazing. It was quite good because there were paintings that showed unfinished work with vivid colours.
After the Turner & the Sea exhibition, we had a 5 minute break and then we went to the Planetarium to see a show called The Sky Tonight: Christmas Stars and it was about the sky and what to look for in it. I thought the show was spectacular!
Some of the Youth Advisors were invited to see Yinka Shonibare in Conversation at National Maritime Museum. Art curator, Melanie Vandenbrouck chatted with Yinka, learning about his work and practice. She asked about the significance of his work coming to Greenwich, and Yinka talked about how we are a mixed population due to Britain’s maritime power. He wants to link between personal identities and history and how our personal destinies have been shaped by what other people did in the past.
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.
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.
Youth Advisor India commented It was interesting meeting Josh and finding out about his role in the Museum. Continue reading
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.
In our last meeting, the Youth Advisors welcomed new people to join the Group. We started the day by decorating the Briefing Space to make it more welcoming, and set up the Group Space for games.
|Isobel with the amazingly decorated background in the Briefing Space