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.