YAG Workshop, Friday 01 November 2013

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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

Rasni and Asmaa searching

Rasni and Asmaa searching

Maria noting Youth Advisors' searchwords

Maria noting Youth Advisors’ searchwords

Fatim using Collections Online

Fatim using Collections Online

After taking part in the workshop with Maria, the Youth Advisors had lunch and we then went to explore the Museum. We visited all the learning spaces and Traders: the East India Company and Asia and Explorers: the Americas and the North-West Passage galleries to see some of the objects the Youth Advisors had chosen. We learnt about Franklin and the search for the North-West Passage, which was very interesting and sad.

Youth Advisors in the Traders gallery

Youth Advisors in the Traders gallery

Next time we will meet with curator Joshua Newton to learn more about the objects we have chosen and how they can inspire Takeover Day on 23 November

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