I was lucky enough to work with four groups of Year 8 students from Waverley and Four Dwellings Schools to help them begin to be storytellers and talk about different aspects their lives and to explore what kinds of things they’d like to record for the Children’s Lives exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
I found the young people in both settings to be very open, funny and confident in telling us their stories even though for three of the groups we had never met before! During the session the students were asked to describe and talk about what they did after school, what their bedrooms were like and to share with each other their most precious objects and what they did to escape into their imaginations.
What came across was how much technology is a part of their lives and a tool for their continuing friendships out of school and how important their families were to them. It’s going to be very exciting finding out what stories make it to the exhibition and how the young people will respond to becoming archivists and part of the archives themselves!
Juliet Fry, Head of Projects at The Play House