Project Overview

Object Journeys is an exciting project which will provide opportunities for communities to work intimately with collections and staff at the British Museum and three partner museums.

It is part of the Heritage Lottery funded World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) Activity Plan programme. Community partners will be facilitated to explore and research parts of the collections and to interpret them in new and innovative ways. The museums, in turn, will draw on the important experiences and knowledge of individuals within different communities. Object Journeys is about learning and exploring together and is designed to facilitate a genuine sharing and exchanging of knowledge between community partners and the museums involved in the project.

The Object Journeys programme aims to embed a more collaborative approach to creating community-led displays and interpretation at the British Museum. This, we hope, will provide our visitors and community partners with additional opportunities to engage with the collection and research generated during the projects.

The project will support existing and develop new partnerships with communities and interest groups; bringing a variety of perspectives to the Museum and explore new ways of bringing a positive critique into community partnership relationships.

Each Object Journeys project aims to produce


An object based display in a permanent gallery of each museum


A programme of co-produced events


Digital content to share with a wider audience


New information and knowledge about the collections