South Asia Object Journeys at Manchester Museum

The first Object Journeys partnership project is being run in collaboration with Manchester Museum. Manchester Museum is working with an intergenerational women’s group from community organisation Communities on Solid Ground to explore both their and the British Museums South Asian collections in particular Pakistani textiles and jewellery.

Communities on Solid Ground are also running their own Heritage Lottery Funded community project called Traditional Best Times of South Asian Women which aims to capture, recreate and then retain the hobbies and past times of South Asian Women. Both projects provide the opportunity for intergeneration learning within the group and for the wider community to learn about South Asian traditions. Embroidery and traditional textile adornment techniques have been specifically interesting to the group and they have chosen three Pakistani textiles from the British Museum to be showcased alongside objects from the Manchester Museum collection in a co-created display at the Museum in early 2017. Not only have the group been exploring and researching the Museums’ collections but they are also responding to these objects by creating new versions of the objects to be shown alongside the historical artefacts. The group will then work with Manchester Museum staff to co-interpret the display and co-produce a series of events at the Museum