Pinecone’s first Secrets of the Soane tour
Pinecone is Sir John Soane's Museum's Youth Panel. Recently, the panel were tasked with leading a tour of young apprentices from London Transport Museum around the Soane. Here one of the participants, Aylar Farrokhzad, discusses this rather daunting task!
“In a short amount of time you will give a tour of the museum to visitors of the Soane”.
Daunting at first, but then you convince yourself that you’ll do fine, but shortly after this that daunting feeling creeps up on you again. However, thanks so Janine Marsh and Kenn Taylor’s help and guidance Pinecone delivered a fantastic tour that I am sure we will all remember for a long time.
We began by choosing an area of the Museum or an object in the Museum that we were deeply fascinated by. Anyone who has ever been to the Soane will tell you that this is no easy task as there are so many incredible objects in the Museum that you always see something new every time you visit. Having picked out our favourite objects, we gathered some information on them. Then we were then asked to write a ‘script’, read it once and then never look at it again! A sceptic at first; I didn’t quite trust my mind to remember all that I had written from pages and pages of research, but thanks to Janine’s philosophy and way of teaching, I did.
After each session the improvements each member of Pinecone made were remarkable. This was made possible by various fun and exciting exercises and games. I find myself thinking back, and remembering Janine and Kenn’s words of advice on public speaking, particularly when I’m presenting work to my tutors in crits.
Next time I visit the Soane with family or friends, I’ll be giving them a little tour.
(Members of Pinecone after their first Secrets of the Soane tour, taking London Transport Museum’s Young Apprentices around the Museum. Shouting ‘Soane!’ instead of ‘Cheese!')
Pinecone was created in March 2012. The group is made up of 15 - 21 year olds interested in art, architecture and history. To find out more click here.