Today’s story from the museum floor is a guest post by Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Engagement at Manchester Museum, highlighting Object Journeys, which is currently on display in the Living Cultures Gallery.
Manchester Museum is a partner in the British Museum’s Object Journeys programme – a three year Heritage Lottery funded programme, in which the British Museum will engage with their local community, regional museums and community partners in the regions to explore the British Museum’s collections. The project will produce a series of installations across the UK including at the British Museum, Manchester Museum and Leicester Museums.
Manchester Museum is pleased to be working with Community on Solid Ground, a local organisation that is driven to improve the life opportunities, personal development, health and wellbeing of its local community. They are currently working on ‘Traditional Best Times of South Asian Women’. This Heritage Lottery Funded project aims to capture, recreate and then retain the hobbies and past times of South Asian Women. The project provides the opportunity for inter-generational learning within the group and for the wider community to learn about South Asian traditions. Through Object Journeys and working with Community on Solid Ground, we have the opportunity to share our work with the British Museum and to engage with a local community group to better understand our own South Asian collection and start a series of workshops consulting with the South Asian Community.
The South Asian Women’s group visiting Manchester Museum to look at the South Asian collection
Community on Solid Ground group visiting British Museum to look at their South Asian collection textile collection
In April 2016 the group visited the British Museum’s stores to explore their textile collection and then followed that with a visit to Manchester Museum in May to look at our South Asia collection – from these visits embroidery and traditional textile techniques have emerged as specifically interesting to the group.
They chose three Pakistani textiles from the British Museum to be displayed alongside objects from the Manchester Museum collection, the group are also responding to these objects by creating new versions of the objects to be shown alongside the historical artefacts.
Object Journeys Exhibition in Manchester Museum’s Living Cultures Gallery
The exhibition opened on 3rd February 2017 in the Living Cultures Gallery and will run to June 2017. Throughout 2017 we will also be working with the group to co-produce a series of events at the Museum in 2017.
The group visiting the Museum to see the exhibition
Manchester Museum will also be hosting a number of events connected to the development of its forthcoming South Asia Gallery which is due to open in 2020.
Curator of Community Engagement, Manchester Museum