YAG Workshop with Jean Campbell, Thursday 04 April 2013

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YAG Workshop with Jean Campbell, Thursday 04 April 2013

Today the Youth Advisors did a workshop with Jean Campbell, learning about cultural continuity and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The day started with a group game to share our name origin with each other. we learnt that enslaved people would often have their names changed and these cultural indicators, carefully chosen by our families, were lost

We then started to note anything we know about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, one piece of information on each card

Once we had our ideas, they were stuck on the wall, under different headings. The headings were ‘Africa before slavery’, ‘The Trade’, ‘Plantation Life’, ‘Abolition’ and ‘Legacy’. We could immediately see that the biggest amount of knowledge was about the Trade, and we could work to fill in the other gaps.

Each group were given a task to lead on, the next one was to look at some objects from the Museum’s handling collection. The Group had to think about what the objects were, what they were made from, what stories

We then shared our objects with the rest of the Group, telling what we thought it may be and ‘storying’ the objects.
After this, we began to look at the patterns in the objects and added them to triangles of paper we had cut, filling up three sections with patters we could see in the objects.
We then went into the Galleries, to Atlantic Worlds to see what information we could find on plantation life for the timeline in the Learning Space.
The Group looked for more patterns in these objects to add to the paper triangles.

We added new information to the timeline, filling in the gaps in knowledge.


Finally, we could join up the patterns created throughout the day, creating a big piece of shared work.


We also looked at where different textiles came from and the meaning they have, using images ans a world map.


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