London Museums offer London 2012 volunteering opportunities to young people

With applications for City Hall’s London Ambassadors for London 2012 expected to exceed the 8,000 positions available, Stories of the World: London offers further chances for young Londoners to get involved in the excitement of London 2012.

Part of the Cultural Olympiad, Stories of the World: London is involving more than 1,000 young people aged 14-24, across 23 London museums in 17 boroughs, to create four major exhibitions for London 2012.

Stories of the World: London also gives young people aged 14-16 the opportunity to get involved in the build up to London 2012, who currently don’t qualify to be City Hall’s London Ambassadors.

Led by the London Museums Hub, young people are getting involved in activities from staging a ‘Roman’ fashion show in Greenwich and recording new audio guides at the Florence Nightingale Museum, to taking part in poetry slams at Keats House and producing films inspired by the Geffrye Museum’s domestic interiors collection.

Public facing events and activities, as well as the four major exhibitions created by the young people at the Museum of London, Geffrye Museum, Horniman Museum and London Transport Museum in the summer of 2012, will be seen by more than one million people from 2009 to 2012.

Munira Mirza, advisor on arts and culture to the Mayor of London said; “We are delighted at the response to the London Ambassadors programme, which offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for volunteers who are passionate about the capital. Stories of the World: London is another exciting way for young Londoners to get involved in the Cultural Olympiad. They will get behind the scenes experience in museums and in the process learn new skills that they can use throughout their lives.’

Fiona Davison, Head of Renaissance said; “Now is a fantastic time for young Londoners to get involved in Stories of the World: London.  From Hackney to Brent, Forest Hill to Camden, young people are gaining behind-the-scenes access to our museums. Through animation, photography, performance and exhibition development young people are telling the stories of our collections in new ways, while developing new skills and confidence.

“All 23 museums involved will are being re-energised by Stories of the World: London, which in turn is benefiting their 2.3million annual visitors.”

The national Stories of the World project is at the heart of the Cultural Olympiad and the biggest youth engagement project ever undertaken by UK museums.  A direct result of consulting young people, the project aims to transform the UK’s museums, provide young people with the opportunity to develop new skills and confidence, as well as encouraging broader community cohesion.

To get involved, young people should register their interest at the Stories of the World: London facebook page:

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