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Shaping Futures Programme

Ten Year 9 students from West Derby School took part in the Shaping Futures Programme working with Liverpool Museums.

The programme ran over two days and aimed to explore and experience the workings of the different Liverpool Museums whilst also investigating the role that different staff have in the museums.

Students had the opportunity to work with curators and the staff who work as part of the educational team within both the International Slavery Museum and Museum of Liverpool.

On the first day the students were able to explore the background to the ‘Tales from the City’ exhibition and other LGBT+ work at Museum of Liverpool.

They successfully worked with the Museum of Liverpool Education team to explore the importance of representation and the significance telling diverse stories in a heritage setting. The boys also had the opportunity to meet and interview a diversity ambassador involved in the exhibition which was a very moving and inspiring discussion for all.

On the second day students were able to meet with a visitor host from Liverpool Museums to explore the role of a host in the Merseyside Maritime Museum including the delivery of tours for Liverpool’s historic Old Dock. The final part of the day involved the boys working with the curator and educational team within the International Slavery Museum.

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