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1 Sue Wilkinson Director of Policy Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Museums and Learning

2 Key questions Why is it important to engage young people? How do we engage them more effectively? How can schools and museums work together?

3 Why engage young people? Self interest They benefit Key government agenda

4 3 Key reports – focus on how to increase participation Attitudinal barriers to engaging young people DCSF RR140 Positive Activities – qualitative research with young people DCSF RR141 Positive Activities - qualitative research with families DCSF RR142

5 How to engage Raise aspiration early Understand and work to overcome barriers Working with partners, schools and families Communicating the offer using new media Involving and engaging young people

6 Involving and engaging Develops skills Creates ownership helps develop a more realistic sense of their control over external events Better product Regeneration through culture

7 If you hang out with astronauts, you end up sitting on the moon. Young person in poetry workshop, Lambeth Libraries

8 How people learn The Human mind is better equipped to gather information about the world through operating within it rather than by reading about it hearing lectures on it or studying abstract models of it (Santa Fe Institute for complex systems

9 How people learn What a wise society has to do is to find Those techniques which go with the grain of the brain so that they are able to extend what comes naturally in to the mastery of ever more complex, higher order skills. (21st Century Learning Initiative)

10 What goes with the grain? Social and collaborative learning Problem solving Imitating people Being part of a team or group. (21st Century Learning Initiative) Regeneration through culture

11 Campaign! Make an impact Created by British Library and Yorkshire Now being rolled out across England – 2 projects in NE (Woodhorn Archives and Hadrians Wall Consortium) Museums and Schools work together to use historical campaigns to inspire and teach campaign communication skills, enabling children and young people to run their own campaigns about issues that affect them today. Three step model: select your campaign; make yourself heard; plan your own campaign

12 Campaign! Make an impact It had a very positive effect on the school and the young people involved. Can we do it again? Chris Straker, Headmaster at Endeavour High School Students gained in confidence, developed a sense of achievement and realised that they can change things. Sarah Sutcliffe, Teacher at Immanuel College Bradford. This is a fantastic way of getting students to reflect on the present by exploring the past. Thackray Medical Museum We have seen the young people who have taken part develop the skills and confidence to make a difference in their communities. Museums and archives have an important role to play in helping young people understand their history, their place in the world and develop the skills to change their future. Hull Museums

13 Modern Times

14 Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Funding to work with young people around the Gerhard Richter exhibition Call out for young people who wanted to develop range of skills – journalism, design, photography Age ranges 14-21 Produced newspaper Modern Times

15 Killhope: North of England Lead Mining Museum Young People fro the NE Regional Youth Assembly took part in site evaluation with museum staff Explored how the museum might improve provision for young people Awarded grant from One NE via regional cultural volunteering programme to further develop work around volunteering, skills and employablity

16 What do young people gain?

17 Key messages for sector Best work involves real shift in practice About empowering not just consulting or involving About shift in power, control and ownership Changes ways we approach all services not just the learning and education programmes

18 What do we gain? Audience of future Better products and services New ideas, partnerships

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