Projects, events and news from the University of Cambridge Museums
On Wednesday 30 November Marie Kennedy (Children & Young People Widening Participation Officer) and I travelled down to Brighton to participate in a conference on developing a skilled and diverse workforce in the cultural sector.
We heard speakers from the local area, London and Norfolk talking about the inspiring way in which they have embraced the concept of workforce development. We were particularly taken with the projects that have been happening in Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, where Front of House staff are encouraged to take on extra projects, such as creating an LGBTQ trail around the Museum or assisting with the opening of previously closed areas of the historic Royal Pavilion.
Two hours in and we were reluctantly dragged away to have an early lunch and set up our breakout sessions in the opulent environment of the Royal Pavilion (I am now obsessed with feature wallpaper in soft pink with wild birds). Over the next two hours we ran two breakout sessions entitled “Joining the Dots: challenging perceived career entry routes into Museums”.
Marie started by introducing our Museum Ambassadors and Arts Awards projects, discussing the benefits of our strategic partnership with North Cambridge Academy. The aim of both programmes is to give the young people involved a sense of ownership over the Museums. We then talked about our Kids in Museums Takeover Day project.
For our contribution to this national scheme we invited our North Cambridge Academy Ambassadors to spend a day in the museums, interviewing staff and creating a film to showcase the range of roles in museums. This project aims to break down the perceived barriers about working in museums, opening the eyes of young people and their families to some of the career paths available.
Find out more about getting involved with the University of Cambridge Museums on our website.
Niki Hughes, Opening Doors Project Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums