Youth Explainer

Applications are now open for Youth Explainer role.

Aged 16-21 and wanting to get involved with the Florence Nightingale Museum. Become a Youth Explainer!

We are now recruiting for new members to become Youth Explainers, who deliver object handling talks and holiday activities to help engage visitors with the story of Florence Nightingale.

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the team at Florence Nightingale Museum, gain new skills and meet other young people.

What is a Youth Explainer?

A Youth Explainer is a volunteer who will interact with visitors in the Florence Nightingale Museum who help spark excitement and curiosity and expands visitors’ learning about Florence Nightingale.

What will you do?

  • Gain valuable hands-on experience and new skills that you can put on your CV or UCAS application.
  • Meet new people.
  • Have training where you will learn all about the Museum and Florence Nightingale, be given training on how to engage with visitors and to deliver talks.
  • You will develop a talk around objects in the Museum collection, which has a specific STEM and Florence Nightingale theme.
  • After the training you will be put into a rota to do one weekend a month as an Explainer in the Museum.
  • There will be a monthly meeting to keep in touch with other members and to help develop skills.
  • You will enrich the museum experience for visitors by engaging with them and delivering object handling talks.

Who are we looking for?

  • Everyone is welcome to join!
  • Be interested in the museums, history, STEM and culture;
  • Like talking to people, and want to gain more confidence in public speaking;

What commitment do you need to give?

  • Able to commit to one Saturday a month.

We will also hold a monthly meetings and will try to host the meeting at a time that is convenient for the whole group.

For more information about our Youth Panel please email Stephanie Tyler or call 020 7188 4400. To apply for the role please complete our application form.

Past projects

Spanish Flu Exhibition

In August 2018 we welcomed five new young people to our youth panel, joining us just before the opening of our Spanish Flu exhibition in September 2018. During their time in the youth panel they created a family workshop all about germs, becoming "Germ Detectives", and took over the museum for Children's Takeover Day in November.

Working in collaboration with Chocolate Film, the Youth Panel made a short film about Spanish flu, raising awareness of how we can avoid another deadly outbreak today.

Be the fairest of them all

In August 2015 our youth panel took part in a project based around our summer exhibition, The Kiss of Light: Nursing and Light Therapy in 20th Century Britain. Three young people worked together to examine the notions of beauty, pallor and sun damage for young people today.

The group met every Friday for four weeks and decided they wanted to target young people and raise awareness about the risks of the sun and also tackle the pressures from the media to be tanned. To achieve this they created a booklet for the exhibition and decided to try to reach more young people through using social media, and took part in Twitter Takeover. They also took part in a poetry workshop with Simon Barraclough, author of Sun Spots, to create their own poem about the sun.

View their exhibition booklet, Be the fairest of them all
To find out about their experience read their blog

A Nurse’s Story

In August 2014 we recruited six young people to take part in our First World War exhibition, Hospital in the Oatfield: The Art of Nursing in the First World War. The group worked with the museum team to feed into the interpretation of the exhibition. They took part in a creative writing workshop and brainstormed themes to create a storyboard and write personal interpretation relating to nursing during the First World War.

View their scrapbook, A Nurse’s Story

Youth panel film

This short film was created by members of our Youth Panel. In it, they re-interpret the collection and explain why the story of Florence Nightingale is still inspiring for young people today.

Spanish Flu: Reinterpreted by Florence Nightingale Museum’s Youth Panel

The Florence Nightingale Museum Youth Panel wanted to put a spotlight the Spanish flu pandemic and raise awareness of ways we can avoid another outbreak today. Facilitated over a full day with Chocolate Films, the young people had creative control of this film from pre-production to post-production.