A chat with our Young Producers

Published on 07 March 2023

Anne, Xenia and Imogen tell us all about what it’s like to be a Young Producer.

What has been the highlight of being a Young Producer for you, and why?

Xenia: Going to the Youth Summit at Wrest Park.

Meeting the other Young Producers and placements was great – and hearing them talk about their passions in person was even better. Then, there were even more young people taking part in the summit, and I loved listening to everyone share their experiences exploring heritage in different and exciting ways. I was especially moved hearing Kemka and Mia talk about their photography as part of England’s New Lenses – being a third-culture kid myself, their art and the stories behind them really resonated with me and gave me a lot to think about.

In general, it’s always inspiring to see people my age doing cool things with what they love (which pretty much sums up what the Summit was all about).

Imogen: For me the highlight of being a Young Producer has been the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and to be a part of delivering heritage projects to a wide range of people across the country. Often as a young person interested in heritage it can feel like you are the odd one out, so to be able to meet with other people with similar interests has been amazing. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to share my love of history and heritage with groups who may not have had the chance or interest to do so before.


How has being a Young Producer helped you to progress with your future goals?

Xenia: Being a part of Shout Out Loud as well as a Young Producer played a big role in giving me the confidence to go back to university.

Hearing other people’s stories and realizing that there are so many different paths in life helped me to have a more optimistic outlook on my own future and in a way, it’s reassured me that the world is still my oyster. I think that these days, I’m more motivated and better equipped to tackle my own future, and to keep growing and learning.

Anne: I am currently the Young Persons’ Representative for the Acquisitions, Disposals and Loans Committee at English Heritage. It has been a privilege to take part in the decision making processes with the rest of the committee. The experience is hugely rewarding and I am so grateful to SOL for providing me with the opportunity to apply.

Was there anything that you were nervous about before joining the Young Producers?

Anne: I was apprehensive about what might be expected of me. However, I can say with confidence that the other members of the programme that I have met have been welcoming and supportive, and I am immensely grateful to the organisers of SOL for the vast range of opportunities that have been promoted and how this has assisted me in my personal and academic development.

Imogen: I was extremely nervous about joining Young Producers as I get very anxious in new social situations. However, being a part of the Young Producers has provided me with a safe and supportive space to step out of my comfort zone and has allowed me to do things that I never thought I would be doing.


What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a Young Producer?

Xenia: If you’re thinking about becoming a Young Producer, I say go for it!

Shout Out Loud is an amazing community that supports and encourages each other, and being a part of it has been a great experience. I’ve always felt valued and listened to, which is really important to me as I figure out my own personal differences. It’s also been great to meet other young people from all over England and to hear about their experiences.

As a Young Producer, you get to explore the histories that matter to you and bring your own unique creativity to the table (whether it’s in the arts, sciences, or something else that you’re passionate about). Being a Young Producer is all about learning new things and trying new things. Even if you don’t have a background in history (like me – I didn’t!), all you really need to be a Young Producer is to be curious and to be willing try. You might just surprise yourself with all the cool things you end up doing. 😎