Learning from the extraordinary lives of everyday people

Join us for an afternoon knowledge sharing event and celebration where artists, activists, community workers, and curators explore issues around material culture, power and untold stories.

This event marks the close of Collecting Birmingham a unique project that has, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, significantly developed the relevance and accessibility of Birmingham’s collections. During this three year project local communities were consulted on the objects and histories that the museum should acquire, giving these communities direct influence on the acquisition of objects.

The afternoon will feature discussion and performance from people who have made, given and curated objects now held in museums. The event will bring together speakers from Birmingham’s diverse communities, with case studies from across the UK.

Come along and…

  • Explore the stories and objects held in our communities.
  • Critically reflect on the role and work of museums.
  • Consider the value placed on particular objects and histories.
  • Discuss how all our histories can be shared, celebrated and humanised.

Refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are free, however places are limited, so booking is essential. 

There will be two parts to the event, an afternoon knowledge sharing event, followed by an evening celebration, please join us for all or part of the day.

Image credit: Three Rastafarian women protest with the crowd at the site of an alleged rape in Perry Barr, 2005 © Vanley Burke