The Rotary Club of Brighton has made a major gift to support the development of World Stories: Young Voices. This new permanent gallery at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery opens on 23 June 2012 and reinterprets and redisplays the Museum’s world class ethnographic collections. The donation of £20,000 is one of the biggest gifts in living memory at the Rotary Club.
It is the South East’s flagship museum project for the London 2012 Festival and has been developed in collaboration with young people who have assisted with the research and interpretation of objects, design, marketing and events programmes, with source communities from outside the UK and with local diaspora communities.
The Rotary club of Brighton is a significant sponsor of the World Stories gallery with the help of the David Perrin bequest. Over the last hundred years the Rotary Club of Brighton has raised in the region of £1 million, the majority of which has been distributed to local worthy causes. The club has a special interest in the support, welfare and development of young people both locally and internationally, so the World Stories: Young Voices gallery at Brighton Museum presented itself as an ideal partnership project.
Peter Jukes OBE, Centenary President of the Rotary Club of Brighton says
“We have been delighted through the World Stories project to develop this support of our young citizens, so many of whom have participated as curators of this exhibition. Their vision of their community and of their contemporaries around the world is an inspiration which the Rotary Club of Brighton has been very pleased to encourage. We sincerely hope that this mind broadening cultural experience will have a significant impact on many young lives”
Geoffrey Bowden, Chair of Economic Development and Culture Committee says
“Throughout its history the Rotary Club of Brighton has done outstanding work to support local causes associated with young people. Over 240 young people, from across Brighton & Hove have been involved in developing the new World Stories: Young Voices gallery at Brighton Museum. We are delighted that the Club saw an affinity with this project and have generously supported it – a fitting gift as the Club enters its Centenary year.”
Involvement of Young People in World Stories: Young Voices
The project evaluation has shown that participants learnt a range of skills through their involvement, from dating museum artefacts and film-making to teamwork and communication skills.
- ‘Before I did this project I hated museums, but then afterwards they were actually quite cool!’
- ‘It’s been amazing. I've loved learning about new things and writing poems.’
- ‘I found out about the different jobs around the museum which I didn’t know before, and it might be something that I would want to do.’
Published 19th June 2012
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