WotBox Heritage Newsroom

On Thursday 10th of December, some young people from The Y and joined by some young people from Focus Charity delivered the WotBox Heritage Newsroom supported by our fabulous partners, Documentary Media Centre. This event was a 4 hour special consisting of both live and pre-recorded interviews. Please do have a look at all of the interview on the Wot Space Facebook page. It is fascinating listening to discussions between young people and heritage organisations collaborate and share ideas. We couldn’t be more proud of how our young people have embraced the project and become journalists to bring you these interviews. The interviews include some of the organsations who’ve received funding from our Y Heritage project, staff at The Y and much more.

“The Y Heritage Newsroom was an exceptional broadcast, over the last few weeks skilled colleagues have supported young people to learn and develop their skills around documentary media, podcasting, digital photography and social media. Young people have been liberated and allowed to ask questions and challenge movers and shakers in society and representations of heritage; yesterday that did just that and more!
Please watch the short interviews from the Y Heritage Newsroom (add link if appropriate) and be amazed at the professional quality and skills of all those who took part. I could not be prouder and want to thank all my colleagues and the young people for delivering an outstanding event.”
Juliet Martin, Y Heritage Project Manager

“The WotBox Heritage project has given young people an opportunity to expand on or develop new skills around the use of media equipment and the online platforms used across the Heritage sector today. As usual they shock adults with their level of understanding and grasp of the opportunities around them. They are willing to challenge stereotypes and make effective suggestions for how Heritage organisations can attract and engage with young people in meaningful ways. The willingness from organisations who took part in the newsroom to continue engaging with young people demonstrates that the value for those who participated in the WotBox Heritage project is immeasurable.”
John and Tina, Documentary Media Centre

Our thanks to all our interviewees:

Ros Kerslake, CEO National Lottery Heritage Fund
Amy Christer – Y Heritage Support Coordinator
Joanna Fleetwood-Smith – Business Development Director, The Y
Emma Fay – Artistic Director, Enter Edem
Saul Argent – Hope Streets Project Coordinator, Curious Minds
Rachel Ayrton – Learning & Interpretation Manager, King Richard III Visitor Centre
Zam Zam Yusuf – Heritage Development Officer, Leicestershire Cares
Jodie Lees – Creative Programme Manager, Sudbury Hall
Paul Brown – CEO, The Y
Juliet Martin – Y Heritage Project Manager & Tina Barton – Education and Engagement Director, Documentary Media Centre