YMCA’s 175th anniversary roadshow, which launched earlier this year at the Houses of Parliament in June and was a key exhibition at YMCA175, is travelling the UK.
The roadshow has been co-produced and delivered by young people working jointly with 10 local YMCAs and esteemed partner, Birmingham University, and made possible by a grant received from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project has unearthed new materials relating to YMCA as well as developed skills and enhanced the wellbeing of the young people involved.
Telling the story
The history of YMCA will be told in three ways: through storyboards, four interactive installations and storytelling points. Detailed storyboards will highlight key events and people who were involved with YMCA over the years, such as our work with the Olympics, the UN, and the opening up of Eastern Europe.
You will be inspired by the stories of the endeavours: from the birth of basketball at Springfield College in Massachusetts; George Williams’ drive to have YMCA recognised as an international movement; YMCA’s unrelenting role in wartime; and the art that has been created, often in the face of adversity.