Heritage Lottery Funding for our Young Curators Forum!
Exciting New Project for Young People! Are you aged 13-19 and looking for something interesting and creative to do with your spare time?
A group of young people are being given the chance to research the history of parts of Fenland through an exciting new project, which will include trips to London, a photography course, learning lots of new skills and even gaining a nationally recognised Arts Award qualification.
The Young Curators Forum, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by the team at Atelier East will open up amazing opportunities for young people to get involved in curating an exhibition for Wisbech and Fenland Museum and work with their local communities to create a positive impact.
The 18 month long project will enable around 20 young people to research the local historical archives and uncover information from a variety of sources to show how Waterlees, Wisbech and March East areas have changed since the 1900’s.
Throughout this project, the Young Curators Forum will learn new skills, hold exhibitions, organise and manage events, gain a Bronze Arts Award, get the chance to develop the project with their own ideas and go on a massive day trip to London to research galleries and exhibitions!
On 12th November from 10am to 12pm there will be a meeting of the Young Curators Forum at Wisbech and Fenland Museum, and all young people who are interested in finding out more and getting involved are invited to come along.
For more information please email us!
And, if you want to read more, this is the press release that the HLF sent out…
Young history detectives ready to investigate
A group of young people from March and Wisbech will become history detectives to uncover the past in their local neighbourhoods. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) means the group of 20 teenagers can begin investigating how life has changed from 1900 to the present day in the March East and Waterlees Wards.
The project, run by Fenland-based art and education organisation Atelier East, will see the 13 to 19-year-olds scouring parish records and historic documents, collecting photographs and interviewing elderly residents.
The group, who are calling themselves the Young Curators Forum, will use the information gleaned from such sources to create two exhibitions. One will be displayed at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum while the other, a travelling display, will visit community centres around the district.
A key aim of the work is to train the young participants in a range of skills including research and photography and to encourage teamwork and volunteering. They will then be able to pass on to others in their age group details of their 18-month project by visiting youth groups to encourage others to design their own heritage schemes. They will also give talks to explain their discoveries to the local communities and upload a newly created photographic record on the Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network.
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England said: “This exciting project is a great example of how lottery players’ money can engage young people in their heritage whilst helping them to gain new skills in the process. There are lots of interesting heritage stories to tell about how these communities have altered over the past century and I hope this project will inspire these young people to become ambassadors to promote heritage to others. We are always looking for new projects to fund, especially in the Fens, so if any groups are interested in applying, they should contact us to find out more.”
For Atelier East Karen Harvey says: We couldn’t believe the news when we heard! The young people who developed the idea are really pleased, and I am very proud of their hard work and dedication to working with, and improving, their local community. We can’t wait to get started on the project and recruit more young people to get involved!
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