National Mining Museum Scotland is seeking young people from across Scotland to join the Museum’s first ever Youth Panel. In the Year of Young People 2018, Scotland will put its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. National Mining Museum Scotland’s Youth Panel will be the first activity in an exciting year long programme of events co-designed by young people.

The Youth Panel offers a unique and exciting chance for young people aged 16 to 26 years old to be at the forefront of 2018, creating and running their own event, curating a new youth-inspired exhibition, helping shape the future of NMMS, and taking part in a highly sought after skills development programme.

Applications to become a Youth Panel member are now open. Youth Panel members will learn from industry specialists through the Skills Development Programme, create their own event during 2018 for other young people, curate and show a youth inspired exhibition as well influence the future of NMMS. All these activities were created by young people, for young people and will become a reality by young people themselves.

An information evening for young people (16-26) will take place on Thursday 11th January 2018 at NMMS.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events said:

“We are delighted to be supporting National Mining Museum of Scotland as part of the Year of Young People in the creation of their very first Youth Panel who will take the lead in developing an exciting programme of youth-focused events for 2018.”

“The Year of Young People 2018 will inspire Scotland and beyond through its young people and it is fantastic to see NMMS giving them such a prominent and central role in their plans for the coming year. The Youth Panel will offer great opportunities for young people to showcase their creative talent, develop new skills and have their say in shaping the museum’s future. We are looking forward to an inspiring year filled with a range of events and activities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy throughout all of Scotland.”

Mhairi Cross, CEO of NMMS:

“National Mining Museum Scotland are thrilled to be part of the Year of Young People 2018 It is our mission to preserve and share Scotland’s mining past for current and future generations and this can only be achieved through engagement with young people. If young people are not engaged, if museums and the cultural sectors do not actively provide a platform for young people and listen to them, then our shared culture, history and heritage will be lost. Studying Scotland’s mining past we learn and celebrate the contribution of young people. It is time to do that again now. It is time to be youth-led. Youth Panel members will be the voice of young people at NMMS and through the co-design process we believe that young people across Scotland will have a unique platform here to develop skills for the future and proactively engage other young people in Scotland’s mining past.”

National Mining Museum Scotland (NMMS), based in Newtongrange, is a five star visitor attraction based at the iconic Lady Victoria Colliery. As part of the Year of Young People 2018, NMMS will host new events and activities which will create opportunities for young people to have a voice in the governance of NMMS, to develop new skills and to showcase their creativity and talent. All these activities will be youth-led and further details will be announced by the Youth Panel members themselves.

The Youth Panel is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Event Directorate. Scotland’s first ever Year of Young People is happening in 2018. The Year aims to inspire all ages through its young people (8-26) by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine on a local and global stage. The Year of Young People 2018 will offer even more opportunities for both locals and visitors to enjoy a trip to a range of exciting events and festivals during the celebratory year.

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