London 2012: museum volunteering opportunities for young people

Rachel Hayward | 20 October 2010
Photo showing 3 young people at a table involved in a discussion at the Geffrye Museum.
Members of the Geffrye Museum's youth panel© Geffrye Museum
Do you teach 14 year olds or above in London? There are exciting museum work experience opportunities now available for your students. They can get involved in museum activities and events, such as major exhibitions for London 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad, Stories of the World: London.

The Stories of the World: London project will include more than 1,000 young people aged 14-24 across 23 London museums in 17 boroughs and their endeavours will be seen by over a million members of the public.

The project is led by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) through its Renaissance programme in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

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.”

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

Led by the London Museums Hub, which delivers the Renaissance programme across London, young people are taking part in activities ranging from a Roman fashion show in Greenwich and recording new audio guides at the Florence Nightingale Museum, to poetry slams at Keats House and making films based on the Geffrye Museum’s domestic interiors collection.

To find out more about what’s on offer and become part of Stories of the World: London, young people should register their interest at the Stories of the World: London facebook page.

Stories of the World: London is also on Twitter and YouTube.

More on Stories of the World
Stories of the World is a national project and is the biggest youth engagement project ever undertaken by UK museums and central to the Cultural Olympiad.  The project aims to provide mutual benefits to both young people and museums and their communities. Young people will bring fresh ideas and energy to museums and gain valuable skills and work experience in return. Check out the Stories of the World website to find out what’s happening in your area.

About the Cultural Olympiad
As well as the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, London 2012 is also hosting a Cultural Olympiad, a series of events to showcase the UK's arts and culture.

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