Co-Curation: a personal account

There’s been a huge amount of progress with the co-curation of the South Asia Gallery, and in this guest post, Nazma Noor, one of Manchester Museum’s South Asia Gallery Co-Curators, shares her own personal account of the process. Back in 2019, I became part of the South Asia Gallery Collective, a group of people from…

A Warm Welcome

You may recall the new Early Career Creative Programmer role that we advertised back in January, supported by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022. I am delighted to introduce the newest member of the Museum’s Learning and Engagement team, Hattie Kongaunruan, who started her new role as ‘Early Career Creative Programmer – South Asia Gallery…

Co-curation and/in Covid

In this guest post Nusrat Ahmed, our South Asia Gallery Lead, reflects on what it means to co-curate a gallery during a pandemic and shares some of the progress that has been made throughout 2020, thanks to the creativity and resilience of the South Asia Gallery Collective. Over the last nine months we have all…

New light on old tools

To mark the end of South Asian Heritage Month, Bryan Sitch, our Deputy Head of Collections, provides an update on some research that he started 3 years ago, attempting to find out more about some of the South Asian material in the archaeology collection. Now I don’t make any claims to be an expert in…

Spaces and belonging

In this guest post Nusrat Ahmed, our South Asia Gallery Community Producer, shares her thoughts and reflections on how a space can create a sense of belonging. At the time of writing we are 6 weeks into Covid 19 lockdown, so it feels like a good time to write a blog about my trip to…

South Asia Gallery Design Camp

A guest post by Helen Schulte and colleagues from Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), our South Asia Gallery design team, on the South Asia Gallery Design Camp earlier in the summer. In August 2019, RAA attended the South Asia Gallery Design Camp hosted by the South Asia Gallery Collective and Manchester Museum staff. The Design Camp…

South Asia Gallery Collective visit the stores

A guest post from Rachel Webster, Curator of Botany, and David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Sciences, on exploring the stores with the South Asia Gallery Collective. At the end of June the South Asia Gallery collective paid a visit to look at some of the South Asia-related stories waiting to be told in the geology…

South Asia Gallery Collective at the Whitworth

A guest post by Irit Narkiss, Conservator of Objects and Access and the South Asia Gallery’s designated conservator, on a recent research trip with the South Asia Gallery Collective. The South Asia Gallery Collective has recently trooped down the road to the Whitworth to explore South Asian textiles with Assistant Curator of Textiles and Wallpaper,…

Manchester Museum’s first Iftar party

A guest post from Sadia Habib, the Museum’s new ‘Our Shared Cultural Heritage Coordinator’, about the Museum’s first Iftar party on 16 May. Manchester Museum had its first Iftar gathering in its 127 year history, and it was the hottest ticket in town! In recent years, gigantic Iftar events have become all the rage and…

South Asia Gallery Collective at Manchester Art Gallery

A guest post by Nusrat Ahmed, South Asia Gallery Community Producer, with an update on the South Asia Gallery Collective’s recent visit to Manchester Art Gallery. Hello Everyone. A bit about myself, my name is Nusrat Ahmed and on 1st April I started a new role at Manchester Museum as South Asia Gallery Community Producer. …

South Asia Gallery Collective at John Rylands Library

A guest post from Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, with an update on the South Asia Gallery Collective. On Saturday 30 March a number of the South Asia Gallery Collective embarked on our second research visit to the John Rylands Library, also part of the University of Manchester, located on Deansgate in Manchester. We were…

South Asia Gallery: Collective Endeavour

A guest post from Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures, with an update on the South Asia Gallery. At the third South Asia Gallery workshop at the end of January we explored the transformational possibilities of co-curation and our aspiring co-curators signed up to help us create collections-based anthologies. Since then the South Asia Collective…