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 Iain Watson, Director, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Mass migration, driven by conflict, oppression, political upheaval, climate change and economic distress, has been described as “the defining issue of this century.” As such, it is one of many critical issues that museums can address in our collective duty to create a better, just and more equitable world’ Centre for the Future of Museums (2016) ‘Museums and Migration’, Centre for the Future of Museums Blog, 16 August.
Organisations sometimes use the words ‘mission’, ‘vision’ and ‘purpose’ interchangeably’. Having a clear definition of each will help you focus the strategic direction of your museum and its relationship to migration. This is really important for:
If you are looking to create a new Purpose, Mission and Vision or to review your existing statements to think about how migration is articulated within them, then the first thing you will need to do is situation analysis.
View and download the full text and planning exercise for Purpose, Mission and Vision Download.
KEY ISSUE: Experiences of, and associations with ‘home’ are unique to every individual.