Friday, 21 October 2016

Pitt Youth Action Team launches!

We have just launched the Pitt Youth Action Team, in partnership with OYAP Trust!

We had our first meeting last Saturday. A group of young people came along to find out more about getting involved in the new initiative, as well as to try some creative activities. First of all we each made badges using our snazzy badge maker. Then we roamed the museum with an assortment of props, some picture frames and cameras to take a series of mask portraits with attitude:

A framed portrait of young person standing next to a Pitt Rivers Museum case wearing a mask from Java and a hat from China
Mask portrait with a Javanese dance mask and Chinese hat
(photograph © Pitt Rivers Museum)
Young person standing next to Pitt Rivers Museum case wearing the V for Vendetta mask made famous in the Occupy protests
Mask portrait with V for Vendetta mask (made famous in the
Occupy protests) © Pitt Rivers Museum
Photograph of young person in a frame wearing a star wars mask and standing in front of a museum case.
Mask portrait with Boba Fett mask (a Star Wars character)
© Pitt Rivers Museum
We used a 'green screen' app called Veescope Live. Using this we made films of ourselves exploring the museum in a whole new way. We also did some animating using the Stop-Motion app for i-pads. It's a great, simple app that lets you get creative and tell stories using objects. The young people selected objects from the Education Handling Collection to create some mini tales of the unexpected:
Photograph of a group of young people making an animation using Javanese shadow puppets
Making an animation using Javanese shadow puppets
© Pitt Rivers Museum
A group of young people watching the animations they have made on an i-Pad
Watching the animations on the i-Pad © Pitt Rivers Museum
It was great to meet the young people who came. They had a range of interests and skills, from film-making and photography to drama and script-writing. We are looking forward to the next meeting when we will start planning some creative projects and events for other young people.

We are keen to hear from other young people who would like to join. You need to be aged 14-19 and want to get involved with a group that meets once a month on a Saturday morning at the museum to plan events, do creative projects and go behind the scenes at the museum.

Please email me to let me know if you're interested: and put the date of the next meeting in your calendar: Saturday 19 November 11am-1pm.
This new initiative for young people is part of the Pitt Rivers Museum Global Heritage project, funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots grant. 

Heritage Lottery Fund logo
Katherine Rose
Education Officer : Secondary and FE
Pitt Rivers Museum 

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