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4th March 2005 at 00:00
LLOYD MILLER

Heritage website guest editor

Brighton

Visitors to Britain's 24 Hour Museum website (www.24hourmuseum.org.uk) will find themselves following a ghost trail of haunted museums across the country created by 16-year-old Lloyd Miller, a deaf pupil from Ovingdean Hall School in Sussex.

Lloyd knew he wanted to do work experience in a museum, but he didn't know that the UK's national virtual museum was run from offices just down the road from his school in Brighton until his school arranged a six-week placement with the 10 staff working there.

One of Lloyd's jobs was to research and write articles on the history of his school - he found that the school grounds had once housed a hospital for patients with consumption. He also did research for the Brighton surf museum, as well as guest-editing the children's section of the site for an extra fortnight.

"Lloyd really opened our eyes about the history of his school," says 24 Hour Museum editor Jon Pratty. "He exposed some of the issues and attitudes to hearing impairment dating back to Victorian times, some of which are quite surprising. He is really talented and keen - he brought our kids'

content to life."

For Lloyd the work experience boosted his confidence. "People gave me loads of support with ideas and with the writing. I dictated most of my stuff," he says.

Lloyd was also pleased to find he was included in coffee breaks and chats among the workers. "I didn't need any particular help with my deafness. I'm a good lip reader and all the staff were very good at communicating."

Now taking an intermediate GNVQ in information technology in Ovingdean Hall's further education department, Lloyd is also planning to stand as a candidate for the National Youth Parliament, with a focus on the needs of deaf young people.

"I've been really busy campaigning, but I'm hoping to go into the museum office shortly to tell them about it," he says.

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