In the coming weeks Harry, in his role as an Associate Research Assistant at De Montfort University’s Centre for Social Action, will be visiting Museum projects in Colchester and Carlisle, to evaluate the participation of young people in producing exhibitions, planning events and getting involved in creative and innovative museum activities.
The evaluation he’s doing, as part of a team of researching looking at the People and Place Programme, will identify the support networks available to the young people participating in museum projects, and the accessibility of the project in terms of its wider community outreach, contribution to the museum’s local area and the learning process of the young people and others.
“I’m really looking forward to the exhibitions I will see and the conversations I will have with the young people at the museums. They have been able to join a fantastic programme, gain vital support, learn, through the medium of art and objects about different cultures, and most importantly, come together as a team to produce something magnificent.
The work these young people do has an effect on community and museum alike. The things they achieve provide physical proof of the benefits of involving young people in all walks of life, and makes the case for more projects like this to be started nationwide.”