Artefacts migrate with humans and tell different stories of their travels. They can be bearers of meaning, objects of attachment, comfort, despair or utility that connect to places, identities and experiences.Action Topics
Written by Chris Whitehead
Professor of Museology, Newcastle University
A common impulse in engaging with migration is to work with stakeholder communities to ‘co-produce’ displays. This ensures that non-official voices can be heard and can give a number of benefits to the communities involved, such as providing new skills and fostering a sense of participation and official representation. Co-production is also a way of avoiding the liabilities of the museum speaking for others, through a process of speaking with communities.
Co-production is used in the museum for a number of purposes, including to:
REMEMBER: Co-production can be defined as a ‘process of predicting some form or aspect of cultural heritage (that is) deliberately shared/distributed beyond the usual institutional players’.
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