School children unveil their own Glasgow Museums display at Kelvin Hall
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School children unveil their own Glasgow Museums display at Kelvin Hall

28/06/2017
Glasgow school children, who are members of the Glasgow Museums Junior and Teen Panels, were invited to open their new display at Kelvin Hall, Life in Glasgow: The Past is Present. 
 
The youngsters, in partnership with museums staff, jointly created the bespoke display for the Your Stories case, located in The Avenue of the city’s newest cultural hub. The Your Stories case is a space for groups to create their own display using Glasgow Museums’ collections at Kelvin Hall. It will be on show until early autumn 2017.
 
Glasgow Museums Junior and Teen Panels bring together pupils from St. Constantine’s and Hyndland Primary Schools and Hillhead High School to act as audience advocates for young people in Glasgow’s museums.
 
The group worked on Life in Glasgow: The Past is Present for two months.  They were given access to Glasgow Museums new stores in Kelvin Hall, where they selected objects that held particular personal significance or simply appealed to them.  Together the panel researched and wrote about the items they selected, which included a great variety of pieces. 
 
Objects on show include items the children could associate with, such as a baby chair from about 1860, a 20th century school satchel and a Tudor-style doll's house, to those less familiar such as IQ tests in wooden box and a jar for storing Lecithin Food for Malnutrition.
 
Hannah Murray age 9, a Junior Panel member from St. Constantine’s Primary said: “I learned that the past is not as boring as it seems and that we should stop and take another look.”
 
While Hannah Shillington age 12, a Junior Panel member from Hyndland Primary School said: “I really enjoyed it and would love to do it again sometime. My favourite part was picking objects and writing about them.”
 
Susie Ironside, Visitor Studies Curator Glasgow Museums, said; “Although we’ve worked with the Junior and Teen Panels on a number of occasions this was an entirely new experience for the young people as they have never co-created a museum display before. It was really exciting for the museum staff too, seeing the collection interpreted through the eyes of young people is always a really interesting experience and that’s why we were keen to involve the panels in designing a display for the Your Stories space. 
 
“All of the text is written by the panel in their own words, I think it beautifully captures their responses and memories associated with objects from our collection, objects which they chose themselves.  I think the young people should be very proud of what they’ve achieved and I would encourage anyone visiting Kelvin Hall this summer to stop and enjoy the display.”
 
The pupils unveiled Life in Glasgow: The Past is Present to school friends, teachers and parents at a small celebration in Kelvin Hall, where the explained why they had selected the object on display.  Visitors are now welcome to enjoy the display, which will remain on show in The Avenue of Kelvin Hall until early autumn.
 
Kirsty Chambers, Principal Teacher, Hyndland Primary School (Junior Panel) said: “The boys and girls really enjoyed working cooperatively with each other and seeing their ideas come to life in Kelvin Hall. We are looking forward to working together again.”
 
The Kelvin Hall is a sporting and cultural hub, offering the city’s largest Glasgow Club sport facility, a new storage space for Glasgow Museums and new teaching and conference facilities for the Hunterian Museum. The National Library of Scotland operates the Scottish Screen Archive, providing public access to their moving image collections.  This is a new and innovative service for the people of Glasgow and its visitors, which aims to further engage and encourage people to participate in culture and sport.
 
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