If you’ve visited World Museum in Liverpool you’ll know the World Cultures gallery has incredible collections from Africa, Asia, Oceania and The Americas, but the presentation is now out of date and perpetuates stereotypes and assumptions about people and places. The team from the World Cultures gallery are, therefore, beginning to question the relevance of these displays and thinking about new ways to use objects to understand our collective past, present and future.
The team from the World Cultures gallery are currently working with a range of people to change the display. They include:
The artist and filmmaker, Leo Asemota
The comedian, Daliso Chaponda,
The poet and TIDE visiting writer, Sarah Howe
Filmmakers and producers Belle Vue Productions are documenting the collaborations and you’ll be able to watch their short films on the museum’s website and in the gallery.
Collectively, the team are producing documentaries, comedy routines and poetry based on the collections and their histories. These will change how the collections are displayed and expose the difficult and contested histories of the collections by talking openly about how objects from around the world came to Liverpool.
The team from the World Cultures gallery also want your help in starting the discussion on how to change the gallery. In the gallery, you will soon find an area where you can reflect on and discuss the displays – what works and what doesn’t?
If you can’t make it to the gallery, you can start a conversation on social media by using #WMWhereNext. You can find the museum on Twitter @World_Museum / Facebook worldmuseum / Instagram @worldmuseum_. Over the coming months the team will also be sharing the process of changing the gallery on social media, so keep an eye out for news stories, photos and videos.
To read more about changes to the World Cultures gallery you can read Emma Martin’s blog post here.