“Museums must listen to young people” – Museum of London holds staff workshop on youth engagement

Stories of the World: London to transform London’s museums through UK museums’ biggest ever youth engagement project.

Today at the Museum of London a staff workshop focusing on the role of young people within museums will be held as part of Stories of the World: London.

Recognising that young people have a vital role to play within London’s museums, the training will involve staff from across the Museum’s departments.  The session will evaluate ways the Museum currently engages with young people, as well as discussing how young people can be further involved.

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, Stories of the World: London involves more than 1,000 young people aged 14-24, across 23 London museums in 17 boroughs. Stories of the World: London will culminate in four major exhibitions at lead museums Museum of London, London Transport Museum, Geffrye Museum and the Horniman Museum during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Lucie Fitton, Inclusion Officer at the Museum of London, said: “Young Londoners play such an important role in our city and this must be recognised by museums.  On Tuesday night our youth panel, Junction, ran a poetry slam inspired by Roman London.  Bringing young people from across London into the Museum, many for the very first time, we were all made to look at Roman London in a whole new way. These, and insights from across the programme, are all building towards our big exhibition in 2012. I hope today’s workshop will see the whole museum recognise and embrace this potential.”

Fiona Davison, Head of Renaissance London added: “Stories of the World: London has already shown and continues to emphasise that young people can have a real and valued impact on our museums, both today and in the future.  We are already seeing the 23 London museums involved in the programme re-energised, which in turn is benefitting their 2.3 million annual visitors.

“Museums must listen to young people and, as this workshop will discuss, their real involvement in the way we operate is vital to the development of a vibrant forward-looking museum sector.”

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