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Shopping with the youth panel

Our Body Adorned is one of many parts - it explores many different cultures, many different ways of adorning our bodies, and looks at history and the present in London.

One part of the exhibition which looks at contemporary ways of dressing in London is a number of wardrobe studies. Two of these wardrobes show what young people wear now and why.

A few weeks ago, our youth panel went shopping to Westfield in Stratford, along with exhibition co-curator Wayne Modest, to buy a series of outfits for the wardrobes.

Take a look at the video below to see a preview of what they bought.

HYPed at the Horniman

HYPed - our great music after-hours event designed and run by the Horniman Youth Panel - happened last Saturday. 

Some videos of the performances have made it to youtube - take a look at these performances by Kindred and Strings:

Kids' Takeover Day

If you follow us on twitter or facebook, you might notice a difference on Friday because our youth panel are taking over.

Friday 11 November is Takeover Day in museums across the country - the day on which young people are given a meaningful role in museums, galleries, heritage sites and historic homes. 
We're asking our youth panel to both take over our social media accounts and create a treasure hunt trail through the museum. They'll be tweeting and facebooking about what they find, and setting some clues for you to solve.
Once the trail is complete, we'll put it on our website for you to download and complete during a visit.
Also, if you’re visiting the Museum on Friday, you might like to get involved with Museum 140’s Museum Exposure Day by taking photographs during your visit and uploading to Flickr. We'll be taking some pictures, and we'll show some of the best shots of the Horniman here on our blog.

Young people to challenge academics at Horniman Youth Conference

As part of the Stories of the World: London project, this weekend, we hosted the Horniman Museum's first youth conference. Challenging academics from across the UK and Europe, more than 100 young people came together to discuss the ways they are represented and how cultural organisations engage with them.

Academic speakers each presented their thesis, before giving the young audience the ‘right to reply’. The presented papers and responses were captured for publication online, which will be made available on our website shortly.
Finbarr Whooley, our Assistant Director said: “Museums can serve as important civic spaces where the public can engage with culture and ideas in a safe environment. We were keen to create a space where academics who write about young people engage in creative dialogue with young people themselves. Out of this dialogue we believe that new insights can be gleaned into young people’s perceptions of the world and their place within it.
“This all reflects on the mission of Stories of the World: London, to bring young people into museums so we can work to revitalise our exhibitions and spaces for their benefit. Across 17 boroughs, 23 museums are being re-energised by this project, which in turn benefits their 2.3million annual visitors.” 
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