Hi, I’m Amelia. I’m currently undertaking a student volunteer placement at IWM London and was lucky enough to join the IWM Youth Advisors Ruben, Elana, Zipporah, Kevin and Josiah for their April meeting. This was a packed day focusing on the changes that the museum is currently undergoing.
We started with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour led by Geoff Burningham, Senior Construction Manager. It was a brilliant chance to see first-hand the redevelopment of the museum. It was amazing to see how much the museum has already changed and to use our imaginations to picture what it will look like in the future.
This term IWM Young Reporters from local Archbishop Sumner School and Oasis Academy Johanna have been making exclusive behind-the-scenes podcasts about Transforming IWM London.
Sixty Year 5 students took on different roles including researchers, technical assistants, interviewers, roving reporters and presenters. They worked together with IWM learning officers to plan and present a series of six exciting podcasts and even recorded their own jingle!
Members of the Youth Panel meet in October 2012 to discuss new projects.
The Youth Panel’s October half term meeting was an exciting day spent exploring new ways to advertise all the museum has to offer.
Following on from our previous meeting, where we all chose our museum ‘highlights’, we met with Visitor Experience Manager, Linda, who gave us our brief for creating a new A5 flyer, which would be printed and given to visitors when they enter the museum. The flyer will be utilised next year, to help visitors plan their time at the museum, targeting families and children.
The Youth Panel’s first meeting of the autumn term saw some new faces and some exciting new projects. To begin the day, we met Luke from the Digital Media department, who told us about a collaboration that IWM is working on with a leading global digital archive. This initiative, kicking off with workshops this month, will explore how crowdsourcing can help IWM learn more about its collections. This is one of a number of projects in which Youth Panel members will take on an important advisory role.
PM David Cameron was interviewed by IWM Young Reporters from Archbishop Sumner School today following the announcement of the UK’s plans to mark the First World War Centenary.
Today, five IWM Young Reporters met Prime Minister David Cameron at IWM London.
The IWM Young Reporters are from two local primary schools, Archbishop Sumner School and Oasis Academy Johanna in south London. These Year 5 students are honing their reporting and investigative journalism skills so that they can report back to their communities and the wider public on all the changes that are going on at IWM London in the run-up to the First World War Centenary in 2014.
Hi, we’re Claudia, Josiah, Zipporah, Ruben and Elana and we’re part of the new IWM youth panel.
We are helping the museum relate to other teenagers. So far we have visited some art archives as well as film archives which have collections from the First and Second World Wars. We also filmed in both locations, giving a brief documentary on our experiences. These can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Our three Youth Panel taster sessions for local youth at IWM London were a big hit. We were really pleased to meet young people who are interested in making a difference at IWM. We’re buzzing and can’t wait for the next stage in the journey.
A design for the new First World War Galleries by Casson Mann © IWM
We are delighted to announce that IWM has secured the £4.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help finance the creation of new ground-breaking First World War Galleries at IWM London which are set to open in June 2014 to mark the First World War Centenary.