A group of Melton students have made their mark in a new exhibition, which is now open to the public.
Melton Carnegie Museum’s newest ‘Make Your Mark’ exhibition, has been co-created with students from Long Field Spencer Academy in Melton Mowbray.
The exhibition has been created to help celebrate what Melton Mowbray means to the young people after a recent heritage project between the museum and the school.
A mixed-media exhibition features art, photography and poetry. Leicestershire County Council’s Participation Team Culture Leicestershire worked alongside Melton Carnegie Museum and LongBrow Productions to work with young people themselves and give them the opportunity to express and share their voice in a positive and collaborative way.
The project aims to promote and enhance wellbeing by engaging with culture to connect with the public and give them a chance to see what young people think of the town.
Make your Mark launched last Thursday,February 16, at a special celebration event giving students and parents the first chance to see their creations on display. Visitors to the museum will be able to enjoy the exhibition over the coming months.
Some of the young people taking part in the exhibition have also signed up as ‘Museum Activity’ volunteers over the half term break, where they will be encouraging visitors to engage with their exhibition and help support family activities that the museum will be hosting throughout this week (February 21-24).
Councillor Christine Radford, cabinet member for adults and communities, said: “This is a fantastic project, and everyone has worked very hard to put together such a creative and insightful exhibition.
“We’re so pleased to be able to give students the opportunity to show so many people just how loved Melton Mowbray is to them. I’d like to congratulate the students of Long Field Spencer Academy for what they have achieved.
“I really do encourage everyone to visit this wonderful exhibition and discover what Melton Mowbray means to the local community and enjoy the town yourself.”
Debbie Longley-Brown, Project Lead at LongBrow Productions, said: “We came to this project, as residents of Melton ourselves, to help amplify the youth voice of the town- to hear what young people really think of Melton and to help them ‘make their mark’ in the museum.
“There were clear benefits for the group as you could see them develop over the weeks a sense of ownership over their work, develop their creativity and, important to us from the outset, to develop tools for their wellbeing.”
Find out more about Melton Carnegie Museum and the exhibition at www.meltonmuseum.org