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How do teenagers see museums?


This summer some of our Young Curators worked on a project with Kids in Museums. The teenagers who took part shot and starred in their own film to tell museums 'How I See It'. Kids in Museums tell us more about the project:

Young people make a film about what they want in a museum visit

Think you know teenagers? Think again! Teenagers take over museums to shoot and star in their own film.

Three groups of young people – from the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (Guildford), The Lightbox (Woking) and the River and Rowing Museum (Henley-on-Thames) – ‘swapped’ museums to film what they want from a museum visit.

Will Museums pass the teen test?

They assessed the welcome, judged the displays, and examined the interpretation. There wasn't an artefact or artwork that wasn't teen-tested. The aim of the film was to find out what works well and suggest changes to make museums more appealing for teenage visitors. The result is 'How I See It' – a DVD of what a museum visit looks like to them, and how it can work best.

Eve, aged 15, a young filmmaker from The Lightbox, says, ‘The film will give museums a better understanding of what they might need to improve on, and how we see their museums through our own eyes. I hope that it will interest more young people to come, because the museums will understand how we think and then maybe take that on board.’

Emily, aged 13, a young filmmaker from River and Rowing Museum, says, ‘I want to be involved because I think it’s important and exciting, and I think it’s important that people should make museums more child friendly.’

Who’s on team Our Take?

The teenagers worked with the charity Kids in Museums, the participating museums’ staff, and professional filmmakers over the summer holidays. The project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme and managed by the charity Kids in Museums.

Abi Hall, Learning Manager of The Lightbox, says, ‘A film is a really good way for young people to express themselves and to say exactly how they feel and what they would like from a museum. As a museum educator, I would love to be able to receive this film and see exactly what they would like from me.’

Further details about the film project can be found on the Our Take Film website.

Watch the film!















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Read the teenagers first impressions of The Lightbox

Find out more about Kids in Museums and track the progress of the How I See It project

Find out more about our Young Curators Project

Images © Kids in Museums

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