The Steering Group’s 13th meeting… Update from Ajiri

The Centenary Celebrations Steering Group had their 13th meeting on the 6th of August – only 2 meetings left now, the Centenary Celebrations youth heritage exhibition is now in the Geffrye front garden, the interactive timeline is now live, and the Young Volunteer Tour Guides are doing their training as we speak! Hear from Steering Group and Geffrye Youth Advisory Panel member Ajiri about what happened at the meeting last week…

AJIRI

Hi People,

Hope you’ve had a fun summer. I have so far. I was really excited about this meeting because I wanted to see the outcome from the private view, which went really well. On arrival to the Geffrye, I felt excited to see the finished exhibition, which was what I expected, even better!!! The fact that lots of people were there made me feel proud.

The exhibition installed in the Geffrye gardens © Jayne Lloyd / Geffrye Museum of the Home

The exhibition installed in the Geffrye gardens © Jayne Lloyd / Geffrye Museum of the Home

Some of the young people at the event © Jayne Lloyd / Geffrye Museum of the Home

Some of the young people at the event © Jayne Lloyd / Geffrye Museum of the Home

During the private view I gave a speech, about my own experiences in the project and other young people’s experiences, which involved a lot of hard work. I made sure to rehearse my speech so I don’t feel nervous; it felt cool standing on a stage and speaking through a mic to a lot of people who really enjoyed my speech. After my speech, I went to the garden to see the various exhibition objects which looked impressive. I really enjoyed the photo cubes and animal statues from Hackney Ark.

Ajiri giving his speech © Jayne Lloyd / Geffrye Museum of the Home

Ajiri giving his speech © Jayne Lloyd / Geffrye Museum of the Home

The statistics we heard from Geffrye staff at our meeting indicated that the project was building momentum for the public showcase, because viewership figures for this blog were increasing globally – almost 750 now! So what will I be doing soon? I’ll be volunteering at Centenary Celebrations Family Day on Sunday the 17th August from 12.30 – 4.30pm. During the Family Day there will be lots of fun activities for families and young people: craft, storytelling, playing instruments, garden games and a digital media workshop. Volunteering on a family day is quite fun and hard work, but it’s worth it because you get to learn new skills and chill. Anyways, I hope you can join us soon.

Till next time, people!

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