Children are experts in their own existence. That was the inspiration behind collaborating with local young people to help the Museum understand what is important to children today and inform our everyday practise – from what to collect next, to how we should work to speak to younger audiences.
Phase II of the Children’s Forum began in November 2016 when 11 new children from year 3 were recruited as the next Forum members. In their first session, they were given a guided tour of the museum by the previous cohort.
The focus of this phase of the Children’s Forum has been on what the children feel the Museum should be saying about their childhood and what we should have in our Collection. We wanted to focus on collecting two new objects for the Collection based on our discussions about what was important about their childhood. We explored a wide variety of ideas about what was important to them from family, toys, digital devices and games, to music, food, festivals and their own creativity.
They worked in teams to perform five pitches which were voted on by the wider group. The pitches which received the most votes related to ‘Family’ and ‘Lego’.
The group have constructed their own Lego creations some as groups and some on their own. They also drew images and took photographs of their family or brought in special family pictures.
There will be a display of the new acquisitions informed by the Forum in the Upper Galleries from the 8th February 2017.