EASA Lab 02: Inclusive Global Histories: Performing Collections at the Ulster Museum

Impact: Cultural Impact, Public Policy Impact

Description of impact

This event was part of my Museums, Empire and Northern Irish Identity project in the Centre for Public History and Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University Belfast in partnership with National Museums NI.


Convenor: Dr Briony Widdis
Co-convenors: Professor Fiona Magowan (QUB School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics), Triona White Hamilton and Dr Karen Logan (National Museums NI)

Venue: Inclusive Global Histories exhibition, First Floor, Ulster Museum.

Curators, Dr Karen Logan and TrĂ­ona White Hamilton discussed the Inclusive Global Histories exhibition and how the concept has been shaped by the museum decolonisation movement; and by National Museums NI's emphasis on - and long history of - contributing to inclusive futures in Northern Ireland.

Their tour focused on musical instruments on display - including a raft zither from Nigeria; an Australian baobab nut used as a ceremonial rattle; performance masks from West Africa; and a vinyl recording of the American jazz composer, Sun Ra's soundtrack to the 1972 Afrofuturist film, 'Space is the Place'.

We then moved to the Learning Zone on the Museum's ground floor, where Roberta Bacic introduced the 'Dancing Cueca Alone' arpillera, followed by a musical response by Victor Henriquez on charango. The arpillera, on loan from the Conflict Textiles collection, appears in the exhibition. Belfast Zimbabwean musician, Agrippa Njanina, played an mbira that he recently donated to the museum's collection. Musician Yujing Peng played and talked about the history of guzheng, how it is played and the different sounds it can produce.

The event ran concurrently with Roberta Bacic's 'Conflict Textiles' exhibition showing in the Queen's University Belfast McClay Library; see https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/conflicttextiles/search-quilts2/fullevent1/?id=232
Impact statusCompleted
Impact date26 Jul 2022
Category of impactCultural Impact, Public Policy Impact
Impact levelEngagement