London Speed Dating Event

Here in the London development team, we’re really keen on promoting the value of good partnerships between youth groups and heritage organisations. To help this along, we ran a Young Roots speed dating event.

Heritage organisations and youth groups had the chance to explore what they might get out of working in partnership on a heritage project. And then, had the chance to find their perfect #HeritageMatch Participants shared a whole range of possibilities.

Post your ideas about the benefits of working with a heritage organisation or a youth group on a heritage project here.

What do you think your heritage organisation can offer a youth group?

What could your Youth group offer a heritage organisation?

Tell us what you think.

If you’ve got any questions or comments about partnerships between youth groups and heritage organisations, post them here and find out what the community thinks.


Submitted by dlemon@wildlon… (not verified) on Thu, 10/29/2015 - 17:18


I really enjoyed the event and made lots of useful connections that I hope will improve any LWT Young Roots application.

My "give" was meeting a group that maybe be able to be included in the project we are considering. This would entail an interesting expansion of our project into Victorian public health developments which I had not considered at all prior to the meeting.

My "gain" was learning that a digital media development we are considering  is not only technically feasible but has been done successfuly in other areas. I will be resarching this further.


Thanks again!!

Submitted by jane.dowden@sc… (not verified) on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 15:04


Thank you for inviting us to this event.

One give was being able to share the science and society picture library as a research tool for young people looking for images from our archives. Searching using a local area or place name can bring up some interesting links to science discoveries, inovations made on your doorstep. This was useful to one group who wanted to allow young people the chance to choose their own time and topic to research.


A gain hearing how important local archives are as a tool for youth and community groups and challenged us to think how we could make our national collections more relevant to local communities.

Than you for organising this event.

Submitted by (not verified) on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 09:41


As part of #Heritage match we spent some time in break-out groups considering what we thought the partnership priorities would be for our counterparts. i.e Heritage Organisations explored what the partnership priorities might be for Youth Organisations and vice versa.

Using ideas generated through previous Young Roots projects, the Youth Organisations which I worked with, explored what they thought Heritage Organisations could offer Youth Organisations and how they could benefit from a potential partnership.

Priorities for Heritage Organistations: (‘what the priorities should be’  - as generated by Youth Organisations)

  • Exchange with no hierarchy (valuing the expertise of everybody)
  • Creating truly participatory activities (co-produced or informed by their participants/audience)
  • Recognising and responding to the identity of individual young people (not as a homogenous group)
  • Finding platforms to celebrate the achievements of young people (that are not ‘backstage’,’fleeting’ or ‘hidden’)
  • Accommodating and being inspired by different ways of learning
  • Creating a shared language (with no jargon or acronyms)
  • Harnessing the passion and enthusiasm of both the heritage practitioners and young people
  • Catalysing a sense of ownership over collections/space/interpretation materials 
  • Finding space where everyone can have fun and surprise themselves
  • Providing unique experiences for young people gain in confidence and develop new, relevant skills of their choosing
  • Challenge participants’ pre-conceptions about museums, history, heritage, the local community.
  • Address ‘perceived’ cultural deficits that many young people face by creating accessible and relevant practical and educational activities
  • Inviting exciting perspectives that contribute to compelling and visitor-friendly interpretation

Submitted by krobinson@geff… (not verified) on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 16:43


Sorry for the delay in posting! We really enjoyed the event. Here are a few of our favourite give and gains.


  • Flexibility of offer, from one-off taster sessions to longer in-depth projects
  • Progression routes embedded within the Young People’s Programme


  • Excitement about the potential to develop immersive theatre opportunities in the galleries
  • Really interested to hear about intergenerational projects that are being led by youth organisations


Submitted by amy.cervantes@… (not verified) on Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:21


Was sorry that I couldn't attend this - are there any more planned?

Submitted by rebecca.jenkin… (not verified) on Fri, 01/22/2016 - 14:56


I'm afraid that we don't have any similar events planned in London at the moment Amy - although we will post it on here if there are any!

In the meantime, if you are thinking of applying for a Young Roots project in London we run free monthly information sessions where you can receive project advice:

It is best if you submit a Project Enquiry Form before one of these events however if you want some detailed advice, and information can be found about those here:

I hope that's helpful!