A post from Clare Cory, Secondary & Young People Learning Officer about piloting a Young People’s membership scheme.

A key target audience for the Ashmolean is young people. We want teenagers to feel welcome and to feel as though they have a stake in the Museum. Key to this is understanding local young people’s needs, motivations and interests. With this in mind, we have just introduced a pilot young people’s membership scheme, ASHPASS, that is being trialled with sixth form students from Cheney School and Oxford Spires Academy. 

Running for one school year, the ASHPASS gives members free access to the special exhibitions programme including Last Supper in Pompeii, Young Rembrandt and Tokyo Stories.  We hope it will also provide opportunities to consult more widely with young people in Oxford. We’re keen to learn how we can make the Museum more relevant to them and to involve them in future Ashmolean projects and developments.

The ASHPASS is an amazing idea. I will definitely use it to visit again.

Sixth Former from Oxford Spires Academy

I think it is a great idea, because it will allow for repeat visits to exhibitions – I have now been to the Pompeii exhibition twice and each time I am seeing something new. I am getting more out of it than for exhibitions which were really good but which I couldn’t fully take in in one visit.  

Member of CREATIVES group

We’ll be evaluating the impact of the pilot, with a hope to widen ASHPASS to even more local young people next school year. In the meantime, all young people in Oxford are able to attend our free monthly CREATIVES workshops.

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