Young people and museums

Lynn Youth Forum getting to grips with the filming equipment for Teen Take
What do teenagers want from a museum visit? There's only one way to find out - ask them!

Teenagers worked with the charity Kids in Museums, Norfolk Museums Service staff, and professional filmmakers, to create a video and top tips on how museums can better welcome teens.

The HLF-supported project, Teen Take, involved two groups of Norfolk young people - the Teenage History Club from Ancient House Museum Thetford and the Stories of Lynn Youth Forum – ‘swapping’ museums to explore what they want from a visit.

They assessed the welcome they received, judged the displays, and examined the interpretation, and then highlighted what worked well and suggested changes to make museums more appealing for teenage visitors.

Watch the video the teens created on the Kids in Museums Vimeo channel.

The project, funded through a £28,900 Young Roots grant in 2015, identified dressing up, teen-specific audio guides, and places for selfies as three areas for improvement.

Kids in Museums has also created a manifesto detailing ways in which museums can make visits more family friendly.

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