South Leeds ‘teen time travellers’ up for award

Members of The Cupboard Project's Team Time Travellers
Members of The Cupboard Project’s Team Time Travellers

A youth-led project from South Leeds has been shortlisted for a prestigious Museum and Heritage Award.

The Teen Time Travellers project has made the last five in the education initiative category out of hundreds of submissions across the country.

The award recognises educational projects which have inspired participants and created a legacy which is befitting of the unique educational potential of museums and heritage.

There will be an awards ceremony in London at the end of April.

The teenage health project (run by Health For All‘s The Cupboard and funded by Young Roots Heritage Lottery Fund) explored teenage health issues from the 1800s to now and was run in partnership with Thackray Medical Museum.

Young people from across south Leeds researched sexual health, disease and working conditions with Thackray and visited other museums and places, as well as interviewing lots of different people and producing questionnaires.

They learned new skills such as blogging and photography, as well as making new friends and feeling good about themselves!

They also had a celebration event last year at Thackray.

Health For All Young People’s Service Team Leader Sophie Parker said:

“To be nominated for the Museums and Heritage Award for Education Initiative is a real honour. Well done to all the young people involved!”

One young person added:

“It’s a really big honour as they had  hundreds of submissions and we are in the last five of our category!”

Liz Egan, learning manager at Thackray, said:

“There were an unprecidented number of entrants this year and to be included in the prestigious shortlist of five is a fantastic achievement for all involved.

“The young people  really took the museum and its collection to heart and to see all their hard work rewarded in this way is wonderful.”

Health for All is based at tenants Hall in Acre Road, Middleton. The Cupboard runs youth projects across south Leeds, including Belle Isle Family Centre and Holbeck Youth Centre.