On 9th November 2011 Stories of the World held their annual conference at Leeds City Museum. An opportunity for project co-ordinators and participants from across the country to get together and share news, updates and information about the projects they’ve been working on. Representing London Transport Museum on the day were Michelle Brown (Community Curator), Peter Crump (Young Consultant), Steve Gardam (Acting Head of Live Programmes), Elvis Miranda (Young Consultant), Kway Mokgalagadi (Young Consultant), Rhian Morris (Schools & Young People Programmes Manager), Izara De Nobrega (Young Consultant) and Vicki Pipe (Learning Officer: Young People).
This film, produced by Chocolate Films, explores the ideas and issues raised on the day, and also stars a number of LTM’s Young Consultants!
Nearly two years after first starting the Young Consultant project we have witnessed so many changes in the museum and with ourselves. Being a Young Consultant has been more than just a job, it has also been a sea of wider opportunities, learning experiences and the beginning of many friendships.
Never has the phrase ‘the world is your oyster’ been more applicable than at London Transport Museum. I believe this because of three main things I have learnt during this experience.
Firstly, I have a greater understanding of what my strongest skills are. By working on a variety of projects, such as giving presentations, facilitating focus groups and interviewing artists, I have had to rely on my communication skills and in particular public speaking. This skill will greatly support my future career aim of becoming a barrister, which I have also been supported in pursuing by the staff here at LTM. The same can be said for the other YCs. We all have many different aspirations, and by having CPD and project evaluation meetings with the vivacious Vicki Pipe and spectacular Steve Gardam we have been supported and encouraged to achieve our goals.
Secondly, this project has allowed me to see first hand the positive contributions that young people can make to society. Although young people often receive negative press, especially in light of the recent UK riots and looting, we feel that it is necessary to emphasise that there are many young people making positive contributions to their communities. For example, the Young Volunteers at LTM who deliver family activities for visitors or even the large number of young people involved in national Stories of the World projects. I feel privileged to be a part of this group of young people and I look forward to a continuous legacy of youth participation.
Saturday 23rd July was the first official planning session for the young volunteers. The aim over the next 5 weekends is for the young people to plan a series of family activities for visitors, which will be delivered during the final week of the summer holidays (29th August-2nd September). The theme for the activities, as with the rest of the holiday workshops, is tied in with the Museum’s temporary exhibition Sense in the City: smart, connected and on the move. Their work will bring them into further contact with members of the Museum’s learning team, particularly our Family Learning Officer, Steve Moorhouse. Preparations are under way and we will keep posting things up as events unfold!
Journeys 2012 is the working title for a major exhibition being organised for 2012. This exhibition will draw on the museum’s outstanding historic map collection to explore the theme of Journeys. The museum is commissioning a series of new artworks for the exhibition which will add further layers of meaning to the existing collection.
One of the artists we are working closely with on this project is Stephen Walter.