From the worshipful Mayor to upright toddler citizens, from Heritage Lottery Fund trustees to filmmakers, families, friends and local dignitaries – all reeled in to Thetford, Norfolk, yesterday (Tuesday 1 September) for the premier of Teen Take – a film made by teenagers about how a museum visit looks to them, and how it can work best. The premiere was part of Thetford’s Great Festival.
What did the teens say?
Young filmmaker Alicia, who MCed the event, summed up the feeling about the film: ‘It’s amazing! It’s really informative and really fun. The worst thing about it was the fact it had to end.’
Young filmmaker Connor said, ‘I’d love the film to get more young people into museums. I want to show them what I love and get them interested in heritage.’
The young filmmakers were joined by family and friends at the premiere, many of whom hadn’t visited the museums.
Father of young filmmaker Sapphire (14) who came up with the title Teen Take, said, ‘This film is innovative, youthful, fast paced and full of joy. You have to come and see it. The future of our heritage is safe with the young people we’ve got here today.’
Karen Chancellor, from Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said at the premiere, ‘The film is tremendous! It’s a really positive achievement for the young people. It shows great team work. I hope museums listen to the young people’s ideas.’
Teenage top tips
Two groups of Norfolk young people – the Teenage History Club from Ancient House Museum Thetford and the Stories of Lynn Youth Forum – ‘swapped’ museums to film what they want from a museum visit.
They drew up top tips on how to improve the welcome, the displays, and the interpretation. Their advice included bigger dressing up clothes, so the cloaks and daggers are large enough for them to wear and wield. They also recommendedshorter, snappier panels and audio guides plus clear signage saying what they can and can’t touch.
The teenagers worked with charity Kids in Museums, Norfolk Museums Service staff and professional filmmakers over the summer holidays. The film is a Young Roots project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, and managed by charity Kids in Museums.
Final top tip to other young people?
Young filmmaker Brodie said, ‘You’ve seen the film, so can see museums are interesting. Give them a go.’
You can find out more about the film project here: kidsinmuseums.org.uk/teen-take
To talk to someone or arrange interviews with the young people involved, please call 020 3096 7707
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