Youth Voices for Climate Change: The Role of Museums (online talk)

Weds 8 June, 4.30-5.30pm.

Last year we invited children and young people into our museums to voice their feelings on the impacts of climate change. The outputs were fed into our virtual exhibition, My World, My Future.

In this online debate, Erni Salleh-Pelham of Poole Museum will investigate further into how museums can play a part in helping young people combat climate change.

She will be teasing out some of the joys and challenges that Amy Hammett of Wessex Museums and Daniel Lane, our young climate change champion, have experienced working with young people in the museums. They will also be joined by Laura Bedford of Kids in Museums to look at some of the data related to what young people are truly interested in and how museums can support and be an exciting space for such an engagement.

The talk is free but you need to book online beforehand

Our speakers

Erni Salleh-Pelham – Poole Museum

Erni Salleh-Pelham is the Community Engagement Officer at Poole Museum, merging her passions of history and storytelling with public engagement. Originally from Singapore, Erni holds a Master’s in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore and was previously trained as a librarian for eight years, working primarily with children and young people. In her spare time, Erni is unabashedly a bookaholic and champions diverse representation in literature through her work on inclusion panels with Tandem Collective UK as well as Penguin Books.

Erni Salleh-Pelham

Laura Bedford – Kids in Museums

Laura has worked at Kids in Museums as the Head of Programmes since September 2018. Her role includes managing the Kids in Museums Youth Panel and leading on the development and delivery of training and consultancy. Laura has worked in or with museums for over 20 years, with previous learning-based roles at the National Maritime Museum, Geffrye Museum (now the Museum of the Home), Te Papa and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. She is a steering group member for the Playful Places Network and a London Regional Champion for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. 

Laura Bedford

Amy Hammett – Wessex Museums

Amy Hammett is the Community Curator for The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum, working across Wiltshire to engage audiences from all backgrounds. Amy has a background in archaeology, and has worked in museums and heritage for over 10 years in a wide range of departments including learning, engagement, visitor experience, and exhibitions. In her free time she enjoys walking, gardening, fibre arts and visiting museums!

Amy Hammett pictured at Stonehenge

Daniel Lane – student

Daniel Lane is a history student at Southampton University. He has a passion for the environment, especially the Dorset area as he has lived there for most of his life. Daniel worked on Dorset Museum’s Digital Takeover Day last November, including producing a video which discusses young people, the environment and activism both locally and globally. He has also worked with young people at home and at university on a variety of projects to help better the community in a variety of ways.

Daniel Lane

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