RAMM’s Youth Panel
RAMM’s Youth Panel is a group of young people with a passion for museums. They are instrumental in developing many areas of the museums work, especially when it comes to helping us make the museum more appealing to younger audiences.
Our current Youth Panel have planned and delivered two exhibitions, two youth focused events and developed a series of social media campaigns.
Young people offer a range of fresh perspectives and new ideas. This youth voice is integral to shaping the direction and programming of the museum.
Being part of the Youth Panel offers an unrivalled opportunity to gain work experience in the cultural sector. Our panel members develop a number of employability skills including event management, exhibition planning and social media marketing.
Find out more about our first Youth Panel’s experience in a YouTube video:
An insight into Youth Panel projects
During the course of the year the Youth Panel were actively involved in the planning and execution of two exhibitions. The first, which is still currently on display in the museum, was in RAMM’s Viewpoint gallery. This area of the museum allows visitors to see into ‘More in Store’. This is the museum’s working storage area which is open for visitors to view by appointment. The six viewpoint windows are used to display selected objects from the store that are not usually on display. For this project the youth panel worked with Archaeology curator Tom Cadbury to select some new objects to display in the windows. Tom provided the group with a selection of archaeological objects, explaining their history and significance. Each panel member then selected the object that they were most interested in for display.
Shots Taken: Books, Bars and Beyond
The second exhibition saw the group produce their own body of photographic work Shots Taken: Books Bars and Beyond. To create this exhibition the panel worked with Brendan Barry, an Exeter based photographer. As a photographer and educator Brendan’s creative photographic practice combines elements of construction, education, performance and participation. Over a period of six two hour sessions Brendan worked with the group as a facilitator to help them use photography and the image making process to document their lives in Exeter. The group decided that they would like the focus of the exhibition to be, what they saw as, the often misunderstood student experience. As part of this process, at the beginning of each session, the group shared and reviewed photographs they had taken during the previous week, collectively deciding on emerging themes and shared understandings.
Shots Taken: Books, Bars and Beyond can be viewed online and will also be in RAMM’s café from the 20th July to the 5th December 2021.
The Youth Panel also delivered two youth focused events during their time with us. They led a student takeover of RAMM Lates, our after-hours, adults-only night of exploration and entertainment. This featured an exciting programme of music, dance, art, talks and creative activities. The Youth Panel also planned and delivered a successful ‘Kids in Museums’ social media takeover day.
The panel were able to stay involved with RAMM even during the Covid-19 pandemic, developing a series of engaging social media campaigns. The group created a series of interesting videos where they shared their own collections of objects. Most recently, the panel developed another video series which involved asking RAMM staff members about interesting aspects of their jobs.
“I loved my time at the RAMM, not just because the Museum was a fascinating place to work as a student, but as I truly valued the freedom and support we were given as a panel to implement our own ideas. I know that without this experience, I would have definitely been far less equipped in gaining my new job after university.”
Laura Fagan, Youth Panel 2019/20
To apply for RAMM’s Youth Panel you must be between 18-25 years old, and either studying at University OR be a young person who is currently not in any form of work, education or training. Members of our Youth Panel are paid members of staff.
Could you be in our next Youth Panel? Applications for the next youth panel will open in August 2021 so watch this space!