Young people as co-curators at the Museum of London Lucie Fitton, Inclusion Programme Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 0207 814 5742 Lowell Black, Youth Programme Coordinator email@example.com 0207 814 5743 Introduction вЂў Introduction to the Museum of London вЂў Who are we? вЂў Overview of Stories of the World project вЂ“ nationally, regionally and at MOL вЂў Our Londinium 2012 exhibition The different ways young people have collaborated with us on this project вЂў Youth panel (Junction) вЂў Tailored intensive projects вЂў Paid internships вЂў Volunteer placements вЂў Different opportunities to suit a wide range of young people aged 14 вЂ“ 24 вЂў Focus on co-curation this year Planning exhibition spaces Developing exhibition design Selection modern object interventions Creating and commissioning new creative contentвЂ¦ A journalistic film of the gladiator games вЂ¦Roman wall animation Caption and panel writing Visitor evaluation вЂў One key challenge: appropriately representing the voice of the young people in the exhibition. As co-curators young people wanted to be seen as part of the museum. How was this achieved whilst also recognising the exhibition was created collaboratively with non-museum staff? вЂў Example: captions and panels. вЂў One key success: Establishment of a youth panel which has allowed us to build up a long term relationship with young people. This will be a strong legacy for the project which will enable the organisational change initiated by the project to be sustained and built upon in the future вЂў Example: Junction as part of Community Forum for new permanent Roman Galleries. вЂў One key lesson learnt: To enable a truly collaborative project/exhibition allow more time for concept and content development. The standard internal discussion/writing methodologies do not work. вЂў Example: failure to engage Junction youth panel fully in Our Londinium 2012 initial concept development. MOL has learnt from this and has allowed a whole year for a collaborative approach to create the conceptual framework for a new gallery about the East End.