Young People on Journeys of Discovery; Exhibitions to Follow Museums Project

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Byline: Tony Henderson

YOUNG people in the North East will mark the London Olympics by delving into the world-spanning collections of the region's museums.

The venture, involving more than 100 volunteers, has been backed by a grant of pounds 150,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

They have been exploring world cultures through the collections and working with museum staff in a project which will result in three interlinked exhibitions in June and July.

The project, called Journeys of Discovery, is a collaboration between Tyne Wear Archives & Museums, the Oriental Museum at Durham University and Middlesbrough's Dorman Museum.

It forms the North East strand of Stories of the World, a London 2012 initiative to encourage young people to explore and interpret museum collections.

Bill Griffiths, project senior manager, said: "The young people have relished this unique opportunity to explore the museums' stores, take charge behind the scenes and develop their own ideas for the exhibitions from display and design to marketing and interpretation.

"They have been telling us what they want to do and we are making it happen.

"They have been working out the stories they want to tell and the objects they will be using."

Led by Arts Council England, in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Stories of the World is a series of 300 exhibitions and events across the UK.

Inspired by North East explorer Captain James Cook, Journeys of Discovery has encouraged each group of young people to explore the stories behind different objects and the cultures, interests and experiences they represent. …