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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.”