One of the Year 9 students wrote, "The experience of our visit to the Brunel Museum was one of the most motivational and inspiring visits this year. We went into a “chamber” that was the “birth of the underground “ and it felt special to be one the first people to visit a site that has just been re-opened after being closed for about 150 years.
We participated in a workshop to make us think about how women are portrayed in our society today, and how this affects our career choices. We discussed how, although we are more open minded than women from the Victorian era, we still carry a reflection of their ideas with many negative sex stereotypes continuing in today’s society. We considered the impact of the classic negative sex stereotypes we still use today, for example “don’t cry like a girl” resulting in young boys believing that in some way girls and women are somehow weaker than them. It was shocking to hear that even today only 11% of engineers are female in this country, and a gender pay gap still exists in many careers.
On the whole, the experience was extraordinary. I loved this experience because it supported the concept of feminism and sex equality and it enhanced my self-confidence in terms of competing in a “male dominated careers society”. Out of all the trips, this has been one of the best ones by far for me at St Martin’s."