Move over, Doctor Who! Teen time travellers explore health history

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Celebration: Members of The Cupboard Youth Project at Thackray Medical Museum. Photo by The Cupboard

Hi, we are a group of young people who attend The Cupboard, a youth project in South Leeds.

Teen time traveller logoWe have been taking part in a yearlong teenage health project (funded by Young Roots Heritage Lottery Fund) exploring teenage health issues from the 1800s to now and called our project the Teen Time Travellers.

We researched sexual health, disease and working conditions with the Thackray Medical Museum but visited other Museums and places as well as interviewing lots of different people and producing questionnaires.

We have learnt so much, we’ve got new skills such as blogging and photography as well making new friends and feeling good about ourselves!

Lottery logoWe had a celebration event on 31st May at Thackray Medical Museum to show the mobile banners and leaflets we made for our public health campaign. It was a great day and the first time each of us had experienced a time where everyone in a room was so supportive and proud of our individual achievements.

We had a workhouse table where people could make and try gruel as well as Oakhem picking which was a common job in the workhouse for children.

There was a photo booth with medical themed fancy dress props and a special audio frame box where you could listen to some of our interviews with Holbeck Elderly Aid sharing their experiences of being a teenager … as well as our own experiences too!

We had the best day!!!

For more info on what we have done visit our blog The Cupboard is part of community charity Health For All.

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