The appointment of the Young Trustee roles, which were targeted towards 18 to 25 year olds, realises a significant milestone for Kids in Museums, which aims to put young people’s voices at the heart of museums and heritage sites.
Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Amy and Sarah to our Board of Trustees. They will bring a valuable new perspective to the organisation, ensuring that we can more fully represent young people’s views at the highest strategic level. Amy and Sarah come with unique experiences within the museums and heritage sector. We hope that their viewpoint will make Kids in Museums even more relevant to young people and that this new opportunity will help them to develop their skills and careers even further.”
The new Trustees will receive governance training and will be paired with an existing Board member, who will provide support and advice.
Amy currently works as Marketing and Impact Officer for the Cornwall Museums Partnership. Now 25, she has worked in the heritage sector since the age of 18. She says she has “experienced first-hand how it can feel to be the youngest person in every room”.
She began her museums career with work experience at local heritage sites, Wightwick Manor and Bantock Park House Museum. She then took on Front of House and Marketing roles at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall, before joining the National Trust’s West Cornwall portfolio as Senior Visitor Experience Officer.
She also served as Communications Officer on the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries’ Committee.
Sarah, 23, is a Freelance Educator and works with museum learning teams to develop their audience engagement. She is currently Learning Intern at the Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Learning Assistant on London Transport Museum’s employability programme, Route into Work.
The London Transport Museum is where Sarah started her career as a Youth Programme Apprentice. She is an advocate for the benefits the sector brings to young people’s lives and wants to encourage institutions to “think outside the box” to reach new audiences.
As one of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Ambassadors, she helped to decide youth project funding awards, presenting to the HLF Board of Trustees.
For more information about the Kids in Museums Board, please see our Trustees page.