Meet the young people who have been involved in developing the new World Stories: Young Voices Gallery which opens at Brighton Museum and Art gallery on 23 June 2012.
Q. Who are you and how did you get involved?
A. My name is Becky and I’m 20. I am a student studying Art History at Sussex University. I have an interest in museum work, particularly the curatorial aspect. I became involved in the project through volunteering with the Museum Collective and the National Steering Group for Stories of the World.
Becky (bottom row 3rd from left) and the Museum Collective helped plan and run an event for White Night
Q. What did you do?
A. I have helped coordinate the Museum Collective, a youth advisory panel for Brighton Museum. As a member of the group I have had a say in many aspects of the new gallery from the design to marketing and interactives.
I have attended project team meetings with members of museum staff. I have also learned about audio description techniques and will be writing and recording my own description of an outfit from Burma for the gallery. I have also represented Brighton Museum on the National Steering Group to share the work young people have been contributing to the Museum. As part of this I helped write a manifesto for museums nationally to encourage them to involve young people, something I believe is incredibly important.
Q. What has been the most important thing you have learned during this project?
A. I have learnt that it is important to include young people in museums by making the collections accessible to everyone not just young people who already attend museums regularly.
Q. What new skills do you feel that you have developed?
A. I have developed my organisational skills, learnt new skills for interviews, audio description and how to lead a workshop.
Q. What did you enjoy the most?
A. It has been fantastic to volunteer in the museum and feel like my opinions have been listened to and acted upon. I have gained valuable experience and had the opportunity to work alongside museum staff which I feel has prepared me for working life after my degree.