Young People and Heritage (10 March, 2016)

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Getting young people involved with heritage is one of our priorities at HLF, but what is the best way to go about it?

Join us to discuss the subject in a live chat right here on Thursday 10 March from 12.30-1.30pm.

I'll be joined by Justine McLisky from London's National Portrait Gallery, Kelly Robinson from the Geffrye Museum, James Davies from Llyn Maritime Museum, Nefyn, Rob Bushby from the John Muir Trust, and my HLF colleague, John McMahon. They're all experts in working with (and/or being!) young people, and will share their experience as it relates to the heritage sector, from both organisational and practical points of view.

So please follow along, ask questions, and share your own experiences.

View Amy Freeborn's profile Amy Freeborn Mar 7 2016 - 11:14am
  1. Great, thanks for sharing that toolkit Christine - I've looked at it before, it's very good and I'm sure will be of interest to many readers here.

    Thanks also Catherine for the feedback to Rob, about not needing experts!

  2. View John McMahon's profile John McMahon
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  3. If an organisation is thinking of starting out working with young people around heritage, I'd suggest start small and ask questions - who do you know who is doing interesting work in this area? Who can you talk to, what can you observe? Are there local youth organisations / groups of young people you can consult with to find out what's of interest to them? Or what's the barriers to them? Also, when it comes to funded partnership projects, often the first step in for working with young people for some partner rganisations, we found embedding the project timeframes into their existing programmes helped make it work much more smoothly. We've had requests from people to observe our Youth Forum in action, which we've happy to do if it helps people get a feel for how to work with youth-led panels. And sometimes young people in a forum or panel will work in more than one panel, so they are useful to tap into for ideas and expertise - it's not just an organisation that holds expertise!

  4. View Justine McLisky's profile Justine McLisky
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  5. Another question, now:

    What role can accreditation and/or other forms of recognition learning (eg John Muir Award, Arts Award) play in work with young people?

  6. View John McMahon's profile John McMahon
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  7. Let the young people take the lead. Now that the Young Demostrators are up and running and bonded as a group the young people take it in turns to chair our fortnightly meetings. They chose the day, time and frequency of our meetings which I think means they are more likely to turn up!

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    Let the young people take the lead. Now that the Young Demostrators are up and running and bonded as a group the young people take it in turns to chair our fortnightly meetings. They chose the day, time and frequency of our meetings which I think means they are more likely to turn up!

    Lynsey McNab

    Thanks for this Lynsey. Great to hear about this experience of creating buy-in through granting control and responsibility.

  10. View John McMahon's profile John McMahon
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  11. For the organisation arts award can be an excellent way of quantifying the work that you do with young people, whether that is to funders, or partner organisations.

    For young people they receive accreditation whilst learning practical skills and experience, which they can use in the future, and for young people not in education or training (NEET) it can help to re-engage their confidence with accessing qualifications and training.

    It can be a tool to look at the collections, building or landscape in a new and creative way and it can also generate new and unexpected content. We are currently supporting two young people working towards their gold arts award who want to run a late night event for young people, which is something the museum has not done before.

    Arts Award can look scary especially for heritage organisations but my top tip would be to plan your arts award at the same time as planning you project or programme so that it becomes embedded in the delivery rather than an optional and additional extra. Often you are already delivering a lot of the content. Our Youth Advisory Panel regularly run takeover days and the experiences and skills that they develop match perfectly with the leadership unit of a Silver Art Award. 

  12. View Kelly Robinson's profile Kelly Robinson
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  13. hi Christine - thanks for sharing that toolkit. We were involved in contributing to another similar toolkit which came through the now non-existent MLA (Museums, Libraries and Arhives) - this can be found online too.

  14. View Justine McLisky's profile Justine McLisky
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    hi Christine - thanks for sharing that toolkit. We were involved in contributing to another similar toolkit which came through the now non-existent MLA (Museums, Libraries and Arhives) - this can be found online too.

    Justine McLisky

     

    Thanks Justine/Christine - some of the MLA's museum learning resources have been refreshed by Arts Council England, and can be found at:

    http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/ilfa/about-ilfa

  16. View John McMahon's profile John McMahon
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  17. Accreditation/recognition is important to some young people - at NMS we have signed up for Saltire Awards to recognise hours of volunteering.  Some will see this as invaluable for careers, CV etc.  Others who may have struggled at school and may have low or no certificated attainment might be put off by this, but increasingly young people will need and want evidence of what they have done.  Does anyone have a view on payment for participation in heritage projects, beyond providing travel and food?

  18. View Christine McLean's profile Christine McLean
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    Accreditation/recognition is important to some young people - at NMS we have signed up for Saltire Awards to recognise hours of volunteering.  Some will see this as invaluable for careers, CV etc.  Others who may have struggled at school and may have low or no certificated attainment might be put off by this, but increasingly young people will need and want evidence of what they have done.  Does anyone have a view on payment for participation in heritage projects, beyond providing travel and food?

    Christine McLean

    Another onr from Christine: Does anyone have a view on payment for participation in heritage projects, beyond providing travel and food?

  20. View Amy Freeborn's profile Amy Freeborn
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