Local people employed to excavate the site of Kish, southern Iraq. Such photographs helped to present archaeology as a scientific practice but one that the foreign excavators controlled, helping to reinforce notions of colonial claims to the heritage of the Middle East. Article by Paul Collins, Jaleh Hearn Curator of Ancient Near East In 2018 […]
Volunteers visit Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Celebrating the International Day of the Volunteer with an Ashmolean Volunteer team visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
World Mental Health Day Exhibition
Write up of ‘Along for the Ride’, an art exhibition conceived, created and curated by service users from MIND at The Mill (a mental health charity) to mark World Mental Health Day.
Piloting a Young People’s membership scheme at the Ashmolean Museum.
Learning from the Endeavour Galleries Project at the National Maritime Museum
Write up of a visit to the National Maritime Museum to learn from their experiences of embedding community engagement within a major gallery redevelopment project.
Creating a culture of inclusion
Write up of a talk by James Brandon, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Tate that discussed the innovative approaches being taken by Tate to become a truly inclusive organisation.
Voices in the Gallery
Working with students from Oxford Spires Academy to explore and respond to objects in the Ancient Near East Gallery.
A Nice Cup of Tea?
A collaborative community arts project to reinterpret the Ceramics Gallery to highlight connections with slavery and to tell the stories of Oxford’s contemporary Afro Caribbean community.
Storytelling: Doing things differently in Gallery 8
Testing ways of delivering engaging gallery text to open up a wider conversation with our audiences about what they want from a gallery experience.