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
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
After so much practice and preparation, International Slavery Remembrance Day had arrived. The Youth Advisors had practiced, prepped and prepared and welcomed 40 young people to the Museum to take part in two creative workshops, teaching wax resist and block printing skills inspired by Ghanaian fabrics.
During August, National Maritime Museum hosted a seven day programme for young people to gain a Bronze Arts Award. Threads Summer School welcomed 17 young people to take part in creative and historical workshops. Here are some highlights…
|Threads Summer School students with Youth Advisors
The Youth Advisors did some bookmaking today to make photo diaries of some recent workshops. Shauna taught them how to make an accordion book, using paper with Dutch Wax and Adinkra fabrics printed on. Lucas shares his highlight of the workshop:
‘The best part was making the books, because they turned out rather professional’
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