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Young people film on the streets

Youth Panel

The Cuming Museum Youth Panel is a group of 14 to 19 year olds who use the Cuming Museum and Southwark's historic collections as inspiration for their own creative projects. If you are aged between 13 and 19 and are interested in meeting new people and learning new skills contact us on 020 7525 2332 to find out more.

Growing Up in Southwark

Building on the success of their award-winning first short film Charming Southwark the Youth Panel received a Young Roots grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make three further films in 2013 on the theme of Growing Up in Southwark.

How to use the Local History Library and Archive shows young people how they can use these fascinating resources for their own personal research.

The historic films in Southwark's archive provided the starting point for the Youth Panel to explore what they wanted to say about their own experiences of growing up in Southwark. The Youth Panel recruited 15 young people from local youth clubs and schools to work with them on the next 2 film productions. 

Community Life uses the Brandon Estate Cine Club films from the 1960s and 1970s and interviews with the first residents on the estate to explore what community means to us today.


Passport to the Future questions whether our education system prepares young people for life. It features archive film footage from 'St Olave's of Horselydown'  and a broad range of contributors, including Lord Harris of Peckham.


The films are touring Southwark’s libraries from October to December and a series of screenings and events hosted by the young participants will take place in local schools and youth clubs.

During the Growing up in Southwark project the Youth Panel members completed their Silver Arts Awards and our 15 new recruits completed their Bronze Arts Awards.

The films will also become part of Southwark's film archive and a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.


We offer a number of volunteer positions, which are usually advertised through Volunteer Centre Southwark. For more details about volunteering at the Cuming Museum see our volunteer policy.

Work placements

We are happy to host work experience placements for school and university students however our capacity is limited so we can't always help everyone.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


We welcome researchers to the museum to study our collections. Appointments to view objects must be made at least two weeks in advance to allow time for object preparation and to book space for your visit.

For more information about our collections please see the Southwark collections page and visit our collections online. If you are research local or family history you may also want to visit Southwark Local History Library and Archives.

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