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

Think you know teenagers? Think again! Teenagers are taking 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) – are ‘swapping’ museums to film what they want from a museum visit.

Will Museums pass the teen test?

They’re assessing the welcome, judging the displays, and examining the interpretation. There won’t be an artefact or artwork that hasn’t been teen-tested. They’ll highlight what works well and suggest changes to make museums more appealing for teenage visitors. The result will be 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 are working with the charity Kids in Museums, the participating museums’ staff and professional filmmakers over the summer holidays. The project is 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.’

Roll out the red carpet

Our Take will have a VIP premiere at 6.30pm on Saturday 10 October at the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village.

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

To find out more, or arrange interviews with the young people, call 020 3096 7707

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. To find out more about their work, visit their website: www.hlf.org.uk.

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