Since November 2009 we have been working with an amazing group of young people, known to the Museum as the Young Consultants.
Over the last 18 months these five young people have helped to shape our policies and ways of working with young people across the Museum. They have been involved collectively and individually in innumerable projects, from developing tools for reinterpretation to interviewing freelance educators for our community art project Bus Shelters. They have represented the Museum at a regional and national level and are, in their own words, “the bridge between this museum and the young people of today … and tomorrow”.
Since May of this year the Young Consultants have been working on a strategy to take their involvement in the Museum to the next level. I have had the enormous pleasure of working alongside them, and together we have now outlined a series of aims and objectives that support both the skills development of the Young Consultants themselves, as well as working towards embedding more opportunities for other young people throughout the Museum.
Over the coming months the Young Consultants will be working on multiple projects which aim to;
- Increase their ‘professional experience’ through networking events, running meetings and speaking at conferences.
- Work with other museums and young people around London.
- Work across the Museum’s departments, emphasising the indispensable role young people can play through their skills and creativity.
- Become involved in core development projects for exhibitions such as Journeys in 2012 and LU150 in 2013.