The National Wool Museum in partnership with Menter Gorllewin Sir Gar and Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn worked together to form a Youth Forum for National Museum Wales. This project came about as a means to improve Welsh language opportunities outside of school, and a desire from the museum to set up a Youth Panel to help inform its provision for local teenagers.
Students at Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn were invited to apply to be on the Youth Panel, and a series of interviews were held to select appropriate candidates. The five successful applicants were then asked to help organise an event for two local primary schools as part of the National Kids in Museum Take Over Day. The primary school pupils took part in a series of craft workshops to design and make festive decorations that were displayed in the museum. Following this, at a Carol Service event on 15th December at the Museum, a decoration judged to be the most creative was selected and the pupil responsible awarded a prize. The Youth Forum presented the prizes, giving speeches in both English and Welsh at the carol singing event.
Charlotte Coombes, School Support Youth Worker at Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn felt that the Kids in Museums day was a success, saying “I think that the young people did a fantastic job organising and running the sessions, they adapted their session to suit the needs of the primary school children and everyone had great fun. The Kids in Museum takeover day certainly encourage children and their families to attend the museum at other times as they show what type of events are held there.”
The next project for the Youth Forum is to help organise games and crafts for the National Wool Museum’s Family Fun day based on the theme of ‘Adventure’.