A group of Year 8 students from Waverley Academy in Birmingham had an opportunity to see the arts and hear about career opportunities when they visited the Birmingham Museum recently as part of Mosaic’s World of Work visits.
Their full day began with a welcome from Toby Watley, Director of Collections at the Museum, who gave the students an overview various museums and galleries that the Birmingham Museum Trust looks after and talked about what was involved in his own role.
Following introductions to members of staff at the Museum, the students played a game to learn about the role of the curator and had an opportunity to handle artefacts, some of which were over 2000 years old. They included a medieval leather dining mug, a 3000 year old Egyptian scarab beetle pendant in turquoise stone, a 1950’s glass baby feeder bottle, and a mosaic floor tile. They also learnt about other roles within the museums and art galleries sector including archaeologists, museum guides, security staff, historians and conservators.
Commenting on the visit, Nazia Ali, Science and Industry Curator at Birmingham Museum said:
“Birmingham Museums Trust was delighted to host Mosaic’s World of Work visit with Waverley School. Getting young, local students in the museum as visitors and participants is incredibly important for us and the work we do with communities in Birmingham.
“Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe and through Mosaic’s World of Work visits, we want to inspire the next generation of museum professionals to not only visit and use Birmingham’s museums but to feel confident about the possibility of working in them. And perhaps one of our future Curators will be someone who participated with us today, in the World of Work visit!”
Assistant Head Teacher at Waverley Academy, Manan Mirza, said:
“The World of Work visits are significant in giving students a deeper insight into employment and the reality of the adult world. It does this by providing young people who are the next generation of professionals, a glimpse into the real world of work. We encourage influential experiences like the visits in order to prepare our students for jobs that are yet to be created!”
Rebecca Bridgman, Curator of Islamic & South Asian Art said:
“I really enjoyed the students’ responses to our new Middle Eastern photography exhibition, they gave great new insights into the work on display. I look forward to incorporating their comments into the exhibition guidebook, which will be created over the next few weeks.”
Mosaic’s World of Work visits connect employers from a wide range of backgrounds and industries with young Muslims and their peers aged 11-25 years old and living in deprived areas of the UK. The visits are an integral element of our secondary school group mentoring programme, connecting the students’ mentoring discussions with the real world.
If you are interested in hosting a World of Work visit for our students, please contact us for more information.
Mosaic would like to thank everyone at the Birmingham Museum Trust that made the day possible and to our volunteers who supported the students on the day.
Two exciting new exhibitions of contemporary art are opening this summer: