Supported by The Gunnersbury Park Museum and Free the Museum
Co-production, co-curation and co-ownership of shared local histories to build more cohesive communities
What does it mean for our heritage and culture when we don’t see museums as open spaces - but rather as tourist attractions for solitary learning? The world, as I see it, is facing challenges such as development and migration, which contribute to shifting place identities, consequently covering up heritage and history.
In this project, we took on a ‘thinking-by-doing’ approach to enable communities-of-place to be at the forefront of narrating their histories. Focusing on oral histories of residents, The Lost Stories Collective supports residents in collecting, curating and displaying the generational stories that make up their home, through physical and digital touch-points. Through this project, we sought to create impact in three ways:
1. Moving away from authoritative one-way knowledge flows (like we see in the case of museums) to a participatory, conversational approach.
2. Focusing on bringing out diverse viewpoints, as opposed to repeating narratives.
3. Using local history to build pride, empathy and community cohesion.
We completed the project with the support of The Gunnersbury Park Museum and Free the Museum to test our proposition with the Southall community. You can watch our introductory video below.