Our South Asia Gallery Journey

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A guest post from Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures, with an update on the development of the Museum’s South Asia Gallery.

Since spring our South Asia Gallery has undergone somewhat of a radical transformation, shifting from a gallery primarily focused on chronology and collections to one embedding co-curation and lived experience. So how did we get here and where are we going next?

In April this year our new director Esme Ward joined us and this provided the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the development of the gallery to date. In short, we asked ourselves whether the gallery was as caring, inclusive and imaginative as it possibly could be. We recognised that lots of key work had already taken place but further innovation was needed to place Manchester’s South Asian diaspora communities at the heart of the gallery. This motivated us to develop a co-production approach inspired…

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