We are very excited to be recruiting for our Battle Bus apprentices, and on Friday 13th December we held a day specifically designed to put a group of prospective candidates through their paces! Each of the day’s activities provided an insight into the workings of the Museum and challenged them to demonstrate innovative ideas and the potential to fulfil the new roles.
First the candidates were tasked to explore the Museum, choosing one object that resonated with them, before collecting facts and stories with which they would hope to inspire their peers. It’s essential that the apprentices have an enthusiasm for heritage objects but more importantly that they are able to communicate and pass on this enthusiasm to others. Each candidate pitched their object to members of a small group before the group negotiated and nominated one object to go forward to the afternoon’s activities.
Engaging with different audiences will be key to the apprentice’s role. To help the participants demonstrate their skills and understand what it takes we asked each group to choose an audience from a hat (for example a local youth group or a class of primary school children). Next they had to think about how they would engage their audience with the object they had chosen, what questions would they ask, what stories would they tell and how? Each group presented their ideas back, the highlight of which saw staff and candidates playing 10-year olds delivering a well thought out school session!
Following this, each group was asked to develop and design an activity around their object, including a timeline of activities, resources and outcomes. The activity could take any form they wished and we saw ideas emerge around immersive theatre, bus tickets issued with facts on and sessions run in carriages.
It was an inspiring day which tested the enthusiasm, ideas and potential of everyone who took part. It also provided some serious rumination and tough decision making for those of us at the Museum, at the end of a long day, while choosing successful candidates to go through to the next stage…watch this space!