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My London Story

A three-year project funded by Arts Council England to collect snapshots of the lives of 10 and 13 year old Londoners

three girls in school uniforms looking at images of museum objects with a learning facilitator

A museum workshop during the pilot project for My London Story in 2022

After a successful pilot project, the Museum of London has started collecting children’s stories directly from children for the first time in its history. Over the next three years, we will work with year 5/6 and year 8/9 groups from primary and secondary schools in every London borough. We want to collect video histories, objects, photographs and other material from 10 and 13 year old Londoners. We will then use these collections to represent the diverse lived experiences of children in future exhibitions, displays and programmes.

boy in school uniform inspecting a model ship in a bottle as two other boys look on

From January 2024 to March 2026, we will run creative workshops and enrichment for both pupils and teachers.

Schools will take part in five days of activities spread across a half term. As well as workshops to explore and creatively express ideas and feelings about identity and belonging, the project will include:

  • A participatory assembly for the whole year group, performed by a theatre company
  • Guidance for teachers in supporting discussions of identity and belonging in the classroom
  • A visit to the Museum of London Docklands where pupils will meet the project’s lead curator
  • A visit to the school after the project activities to ensure the pupils’ wellbeing and provide after-care as some topics and discussions might bring up difficult emotions for some children

The museum recognises the importance of transparency and pupil safeguarding. We want to make sure you know exactly what your children or pupils will take part in, and we are doing all we can to keep everyone safe. We will add more detailed information for parents, guardians and teachers soon.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.