Explore a timeline of Scotland 365 project activity from 2018-2022.
A key question that arose from stakeholders across the S365 programme was ‘How we might foster a lifelong relationship in young people with heritage and museums?'
We worked with WAVEparticle to reach out to schools across the country to produce a report focused on the exploration of that question through the voice of over 160 school children, young people and teachers. A summary of a national survey and a set of recommendations for future schools and young people’s engagement in museums was also developed.
We worked with Project Scotland to deliver bespoke staff training around youth engagement with heritage, exploring ways to engage them with our organisation, collections and activities.
After a pause in activity due to Covid-19,we worked in partnership with Young Scot Hive (YS) to recruit our Youth Engagement Team participants.
We wanted to cast the net wide, to recruit up to 25 young people from across Scotland, with different experiences, cultures and communities.
This Youth Engagement Team went on to work with National Museums Scotland staff on a series of projects including improving visitor experiences, developing creative digital projects and collections, creating marketing campaigns and events, engaging with other organisations in the sector, and developing a Youth Engagement Strategy.
In 2019 a summer programme, running in Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, was delivered to amplify the creative voices of disadvantaged young people. Workshops ran across the month of July and culminated in an electrifying national showcase at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow.
This exciting summer programme of youth-led workshops offered free, safe creative spaces for young people to explore their creative potential while working alongside professional actors, digital and visual artists, musicians and performers.
Over the month young people from across the five residencies visited Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland at the National Museums of Scotland to get inspiration for their work.
A sharing event here at the National Museum of Scotland in July showcased an impressive range of high-quality visual arts, digital art, new theatre and live music all created by the young people on the programme. This included an 8 foot tall pheasant perusing the Highland landscape paintings and interacting with visitors in the exhibition!
"Thank you for the laughs, the ideas, the inspiration, and the motivation you gave me over the past few weeks. I really enjoyed myself. Thank you!" ('Jamie', participant)
As part of Scotland 365, National Museums Scotland ran two summer residencies and delivered a programme of workshops across different Local Authorities in partnership with Impact Arts across 2018 - 2020.
The Scotland 365 project was match funded by Cashback to Communities; a programme targeting young people experiencing disadvantage. This partnership has enabled the delivery and support of up to 520 young people to work intensely with an amazing team of artists, musicians and performers as part of free creative workshops.
The sessions delivered by Impact Arts focused on exploring different heritage themes through our collections and exhibitions, and giving participants the opportunity to creatively respond to what they discovered.
We had up to 167 young people attend a summer programme of activity delivered across four Local Authority areas including Edinburgh (based at National Museums Scotland), Glasgow (based at Kelvin College), Renfrewshire (based at the Tannahill Centre) and East Ayrshire (based at the YMCA Kilmarnock).
During the course of the programme the groups each had an opportunity to have free access to the acclaimed exhibition on Scottish pop music, Rip it Up for inspiration to develop their own creative responses to the some of the museum’s collections.
A showcase took place in July 2018 at Paisley Abbey where over 100 young people from across the country showcased their work to an invited audience of friends, family and guests. We also held an exhibition of the work at National Museums Scotland where staff could engage with the work developed by the groups.