In collaboration with Open Door, Dacorum Heritage Trust invited six young people to become a Curator for the day. We talked about the kinds of work a Curator and other museum staff do on a day to day basis and the Young Curators had the opportunity to have a go themselves. They discovered how we care for objects by protecting them from pests, extremes of temperature and humid environments. They learned how to handle objects carefully and how to package them for safe storage.
They found out about some of the artefacts we have in our collections at Dacorum Heritage Trust and how we use these to tell stories about the local area. We then asked them to tell some of their own stories on the theme of Childhood Play by interpreting objects they brought from home. They thought carefully about the stories they wanted to share, wrote object labels and designed their own museum panels.
We are very proud of the work our Young Curators did and we think they could all have very successful museum careers. The display can be viewed in the window at Open Door in Berkhamsted until mid May so pop over and have a look at their work.
We had such a lovely time working with the Young Curators we are planning to repeat the event later in the year. If you know a young person who would be interested to take part email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch when the event is finalised.