Since 2014, schools, museums, arts and community groups have been working together on creative projects to commemorate the First World War (FWW).
Until the end of 2018 children and young people have the opportunity to achieve a First World War Special Edition Arts Award certificate if they have worked with creative projects to commemorate the First World War centenary for their Arts Award.
Advisers can request to receive Special Edition certificates when making a moderation booking for Explore through to Gold, or placing an order for Discover certificates. To find out more see these guidelines on booking FWW Special Edition moderations or ordering certificates.
First World War Case Studies
- There are many ways in which young people can respond to the First World War to help them achieve the Special Edition Arts Award certificate.
- Young people from Great Yarmouth library researched how the FWW affacted their local area and used what they discovered to create films that have been shown across the county!
- Students at Carre’s Grammar School took inspiration from Paul Cummins’ installation of cermaic poppies at the Tower of London, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, and Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion for their First World War Special Edition Arts Awards.
- Gunnersbury Park Museum is a local history museum in Hounslow, London. The museum learning team ran a week long Arts Award Explore summer holiday project during which children found out about the First World War through objects in the collection and the wartime experiences of local resident Major Frederick Sadler. You can read about the project in this case study.
- Pupils from Brookfield Community Primary School visited Lancashire Infantry Museum and the Museum of Lancashire for a workshop that included discovering what life was like for conscripted soldiers going into the trenches. They used this as inspiration for creative work back at school for Arts Award Explore. Watch a film of their immersive First World War experience here.
- At the British Postal Museum and Archive, students from Haverstock School in Camden wrote poems inspired by the First World War objects and stories in the BPMA collection. Find out more here.
Here are a some more ideas to get you started:
Use art work produced during the FWW, or in response to it, as the starting point for new work: paintings, songs, poems, novels, photographs, trench art, posters, postcards – and more.
Find out about the people involved in the war and their stories – this could be a family member, your local community or internationally well-known figures. Re-tell these stories in writing, performance, pictures – whatever art form works for you and the children and young people you are working with.
Take an object as the starting point: find out what kind of person would have worn a uniform, imagine the story of a piece of military equipment or flag, tell the story of a domestic object, like a sock, from being knitted at home to being worn at the front
UCL Museums and Collections need your help!
Working with researchers at the UCL Institute of Education we are carrying out scoping exercise on museum interventions with young in adolescent mental health care inpatient settings. The aim of this small scale research exercise is to better understand young people’s experiences, the potential impact these interventions have as well as the experiences of museum practitioners.
Have you worked in these settings or on projects with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services?
If you have we would like to hear about your experiences. Please drop Dean Veall an email on email@example.com
What role can galleries and museums play in young people’s lives?
How can arts and youth organisations form partnerships to harness each other’s expertise?
Through Circuit, 10 galleries across England and Wales worked with over 50 youth organisations to improve access to the opportunities that galleries offer, to a greater range of young people. Circuit tested new forms of partnership between cultural and youth organisations, and highlighted the importance of the arts and youth sectors working as allies for the benefit of young people.
- Read our report and research:
Explore challenges and solutions relating to work with and for young people, that emerged from four years of research from Circuit.
- See the new documentary:
Make Your Place – a portrait of changing futures
Follow the lives of four young people around the country, and the challenges they face in today’s society as they seek opportunities to shape their futures.
Watch the film at https://circuit.tate.org.uk/#make-your-place-video
and download the free report at https://circuit.tate.org.uk/partnerships/
Provoke conversation, collaboration and action to champion work with young people and their cultural participation in galleries and museums.
Tuesday 12 September, Hull City Hall
Aimed at all those working within museums, galleries and other cultural and heritage organisations, this diverse and inspiring programme will feature key note speakers, research presentation, panel discussions, case studies and a range of workshops. Topics covered will include:
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from existing sector expertise, to share ideas, network and to find out how you can develop, engage and inspire tomorrow’s audience, today.
Full information and booking details are at here.
Any queries can be directed to Charlotte.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 12th October 2017
10:00 – 16:15
Of benefit to individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice, this course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.
The day will provide practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people. The course also includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms.
- Anyone working in the arts and cultural sectors with children and young people
You will gain:
- An update on current child protection legislation and best practice
- Information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and how to handle disclosure
- Ideas for developing child protection policies
- Safe Touch – information on how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms
The course costs £130. The day includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here.
Monday 4th – Tuesday 5th September
The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Durham University are hosting an international conference to discuss innovative approaches to equip young people with the creative skills required by tomorrow’s societies and strategies for scaling up and embedding innovations around creativity in education and culture.
The conference builds on ongoing CERI work to improve our understanding of how creativity skills can be visibly and tangibly articulated by teachers, students and policy makers, and learnt and assessed as part of the curriculum. The meeting aims to bring together two types of practices around creativity: pedagogical practices in formal education, and cultural practices in out-of-school education or through partnerships between cultural agencies and schools.
This conference will bring together international speakers from the education world; from practicing teachers to academics in higher education institutions globally, alongside practitioners from within the cultural sector. Its format will be highly interactive, emphasising breakout sessions for discussion and exchange, and will mainly focus on practice.
To register your attendance please click here.
A new online initiative called ‘Get Kids Out Learning!’ by Tutora is an easy way for families to find fun, local days out which still provide great learning and educational opportunities and they are actively encouraging independent museums and heritage sites to sign up to the website for free.
Wednesday 12th July 2017
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
10:30 – 16:45
We know evaluating youth arts projects can seem daunting at first, so this course is designed to support you as you make those first steps. Developed to help you cultivate meaningful and beneficial modes of evaluating youth arts projects – and prepare you for your own evaluative process through creative examples and useful case studies.
Ideal if you want a practical day and the chance to tailor your approach to creative evaluation. This course will give you the confidence you need to engage fully with evaluating youth arts.
You will gain:
- Demystification of evaluation myths
- Meaningful modes of evaluation
- Case studies – different approaches to youth arts evaluation
- A range of creative tools and techniques
- Shaping your individual approach – how to engage with youth arts projects
Cost: £130 per person, including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. Limited bursary places are available. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here
Young Associates: Museums Mystery Shopping Project
The Curious Minds Young Associates programme began in March 2016, with the aim of upskilling and developing a group of young people, who are already engaged in arts leadership and possibly thinking of starting a career in the arts, and were ready to take the next step into a regional leadership role.
Fast forward to March 2017. Curious Minds now have a team of 13 Young Associates, who have successfully completed their induction and training period with us, and are starting to go out into the arts and cultural sector, working on our behalf.
One of their first opportunities was to work with us, acting as mystery shoppers at selected venues across the North West.
How it all started
Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer, describes the initial thinking behind the project:
“We were keen to get the opinions of young people on museums as part of our Goal 5 work, so we developed a mystery shopper programme. We provide the participating museums and Curious Minds provide the Young Associates, who were keen to get out and about and visit museums across the North West”.
Lion Salt Works in Cheshire were one of the participating museums:
“Traditionally youth audiences can be somewhat of a mythical unicorn… difficult to attract and difficult to create a sustainable relationship with. I was intrigued when an email from MDNW hit my inbox. I applied on behalf of the Lion Salt Works and we were successful. So, what now? We open our doors to a group of young people, let them loose and see that they think…” (Jonathan Nash, Community and Learning Officer).
Young Associates, Keeley Wilkinson and Danielle Ash, were asked to visit Lion Salt Works and recognised the vital role that they could play in developing the youth offer from the museum:
“…by engaging with a diverse range young people, you are helping to strengthen the need to preserve the historical features of the Lion Salt Works. Giving the young people the chance to contribute will help the Lion Salt Works move forward”.
Judgement Day arrives
So, with all partners recognising the value of this work, Keeley and Danni, headed off to the Lion Salt Works to explore their offer to children and young people, looking specifically at how their venue and exhibitions welcomed and engaged with a younger audience.
Overall, they “…found the experience of the Lion Salt Works Museum an inspiring one” and agreed with team that “the museum content was different to anything we had visited before because of its uniqueness”.
For Jonathan from the museum it felt like “…judgment day arrives (dun, dun, dun)!”. The findings were mixed, as you would expect, but Jonathan feels comfortable that “there are positives and areas for improvement, some of which are really simple, quick fixes”.
On reading the follow-up reports from the Young Associates Alex noted that they “…offered insights into the museum offer that, as museum professionals, we would overlook. They covered everything from retail offer to signage and came up with some wonderful recommendations”.
From the point of view of Danni and Keeley, they hope that “…by improving access to the site, digital interactions and special events, the museum will benefit massively” and are looking forward to seeing what happens next.
So, what next…?
This has been a really positive step forward for the Young Associates programme, showcasing one of the ways that they can make a clear contribution to the development of the cultural and creative sector and support the engagement of other children and young people.
We agreed to fund three of the participating museums to implement some of their ideas and make improvements to their offer, signage and activities. The process has been described as “really illuminating” for the participating museums and Curious Minds, with the Young Associates, are really looking to developing this work and taking it forward.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Young Associates then please contact email@example.com.