Design for Life: using museums to engage young people in design
Ever wondered where designers find inspiration for their work? Or how they develop an idea into a finished product? Design for Life is a museum education project that explores how museums and galleries can work together to enhance young people's understanding, skills and knowledge of design, through engagement with museum collections.
It has brought together museum educators, teachers, youth workers and designers and trialled projects with schools and youth groups. The ideas and activities that emerged have been developed as learning resources to support youth workers and Design & Technology teachers to use museums with young people.
Design for Life in Sheffield
Design for Life created opportunities for young people in Sheffield to learn about contemporary design with support from local professional designers. During 2008 – 2011, five groups of secondary school students and two groups of young mothers from an Action for Children community centre produced innovative and sustainable designs in response to a design brief. The groups used Museums Sheffield's collections for inspiration, including the Designated Metalwork Collection at Millennium Gallery.
Project partners and funders
Design for Life is a national partnership project led by the Victoria & Albert Museum, with Museums Sheffield, fifteen other regional museums and the charity Action for Children. It was conceived as part of the government's strategic commissioning programme for museum and gallery education and has been funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Education (2008-11) and also by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (2010-11).