13 episodes

Ideas have the power to change the world, and curiosity can lead to action. Along with special guests, the Manchester Museum will be sharing an open and honest conversation that will inform, entertain and inspire.

We want to reframe how museums care and take action to build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other. Through our collections we learn about our past, but what role can we play in understanding and shaping our present and future together?

We are ready to listen, learn and share, and hope that you will join us to do the same.

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Ideas have the power to change the world, and curiosity can lead to action. Along with special guests, the Manchester Museum will be sharing an open and honest conversation that will inform, entertain and inspire.

We want to reframe how museums care and take action to build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other. Through our collections we learn about our past, but what role can we play in understanding and shaping our present and future together?

We are ready to listen, learn and share, and hope that you will join us to do the same.

    Critique (from: Khalaas, a Manifesto for Change Project)

    Critique (from: Khalaas, a Manifesto for Change Project)

    Join Amina Beg, from the Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) Collective, as she explores the power and importance of art and creativity through an intergenerational perspective, with her guests Anna Khan, Humera Haqqani MBE and Nasim Haqqani.

    This episode is part of a broader Manifesto for Change project titled 'Khalaas' which aims to explore the legacy of OSCH.

    • 44 min
    Intention (from: Khalaas, a Manifesto for Change Project)

    Intention (from: Khalaas, a Manifesto for Change Project)

    Join Urussa Malik, from the Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) Collective, as she reflects on heritage and how each of her guests - Sumaiyyah Fardaus Manzoor-Khan, Jason Chan and Lesley Chan - feel about the sector as a whole.



    This episode is part of a broader Manifesto for Change project titled 'Khalaas' which aims to explore the legacy of OSCH.

    • 45 min
    "What is creative ageing?" with Dr Virginia Tandy OBE

    "What is creative ageing?" with Dr Virginia Tandy OBE

    What is creative ageing, and how can age friendly culture impact on our well being as we grow older?

    Our guest on this episode of the Manchester Museum podcast is Dr Virginia Tandy OBE, the Director of a new national agency for Age and Creativity hosted by Manchester Museum and funded by the Baring Foundation.

    CADA, the Creative Ageing Development Agency aims to reshape people’s views of ageing and overcome barriers to creative activity and opportunity. The organisation works to investigate the profound shifts needed to tackle ageism and support systemic change, as well as championing the cultural contribution of older people and the value of creativity, curiosity and imagination.

    CADA connects with individuals and organisations in communities across England and beyond, who are developing and delivering arts and heritage programmes with, by and for older people, ensuring their views and voices are heard.

    Virginia is joined in conversation today by Emma Horridge, a freelancer in Creative Ageing and cultural engagement who has led on work for the expansion of the age-friendly Culture Champion programme across Greater Manchester.

    Season 3: Episode 3 Transcript

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    Dr Virginia Tandy OBE is the Director of a new national agency for Age and Creativity hosted by Manchester Museum and funded by the Baring Foundation. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute for Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester. An independent arts and heritage consultant and qualified coach, she was the first Director of Culture for Manchester City Council (2008-2011) and the first female Director of Manchester City Galleries (1998-2008).

    A trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund (2009-2015) and a former President of the Museums Association (2006-2008), she is the co-founder of the Women Leaders in Museums network and the founding chair of SHIFT. A member of the board of National Museums Liverpool, she sits on the Fabric Committee for St Paul’s Cathedral and is a trustee of the Granada Foundation. She is also the chair of Brighter Sound, a creative music charity, which is championing women in the industry.

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    Manchester Museum is on a mission to become the most imaginative, caring and inclusive museum in the world, and in this podcast we will share open and honest conversations with special guests, which will inform, entertain and inspire.

    Through these conversations we hope to reframe what it means for museums to care, and explore how we can build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other.

    Find out more about the Manchester Museum:

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    • 32 min
    "Nature's Rights - Who cares?" with Dr Martha Dietrich

    "Nature's Rights - Who cares?" with Dr Martha Dietrich

    What are 'Nature’s Rights', and who is prepared to stand up for them? 

    Our guest in this episode is Dr Martha Dietrich, Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, and she is joined in conversation by the Manchester Museum’s Curator of Herpetology, Andrew Gray.

    Andrew’s work at the museum focuses on wildlife conservation, specifically amphibians, with the Vivarium gallery home to many critically endangered species including the Harlequin frog, and a number of rare species from Ecuador.

    In 2008, amendments were made to the Ecuadorian constitution to integrate nonhuman claimants into judicial processes, and Martha’s research in the country has examined the practical application – debates and outcomes – of nature’s rights claims in the court of law. Most recently she has been involved in a ground-breaking case brought against the Ecuadorian state to stop the copper mining company, Codelco, from exploration work in the Intag region of Ecuador, an area with a high number of endangered species, including three tree frogs.

    These special frogs brought their two worlds together and today they discuss what this case could mean for the future rights of the natural world, and humanity caring for it.

    Season 3: Episode 2 Transcript

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    Manchester Museum is on a mission to become the most imaginative, caring and inclusive museum in the world, and in this podcast we will share open and honest conversations with special guests, which will inform, entertain and inspire.

    Through these conversations we hope to reframe what it means for museums to care, and explore how we can build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other.

    Find out more about the Manchester Museum:

    Website

    Twitter

    Instagram

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    Original music courtesy of Move 78:

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    • 42 min
    "What are 'Indigenous Rights'?" with Dr Christine J Winter

    "What are 'Indigenous Rights'?" with Dr Christine J Winter

    When we talk about 'rights' and  'justice' are we assuming that there is a shared understanding or universal definition of what those are? In this episode, Manchester Museum's Curator of Indigenous Perspectives Dr Alexandra P. Alberda is joined by Dr Christine J. Winter to expand on these ideas, discuss what Indigenous Rights can encompass from different cultural perspectives, and examine what role museums can play in supporting this work in a meaningful way.

    Dr Christine J. Winter is a lecturer in the Department of Government & International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses at the intersection of intergenerational, indigenous and environmental justice.

    Drawing on her Anglo-Celtic-Māori cultural heritage she is interested in decolonising political theory by identifying key epistemological and ontological assumptions in theory that are incompatible with indigenous philosophies. In doing so she has two aims: to make justice theory just for Indigenous peoples of the settler states; and to expand the boundaries of theories of intergenerational justice to protect the environment for future generations of Indigenous Peoples and their settler compatriots.

    Christine Winter is the Research Lead on The Re-(E)mergence of Nature in Culture.

    Season 3: Episode 1 Transcript

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    Manchester Museum is on a mission to become the most imaginative, caring and inclusive museum in the world, and in this podcast we will share open and honest conversations with special guests, which will inform, entertain and inspire.

    Through these conversations we hope to reframe what it means for museums to care, and explore how we can build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other.

    Find out more about the Manchester Museum:

    Website

    Twitter

    Instagram

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    Original music courtesy of Move 78:

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    • 32 min
    "Do young people belong in museums?" with Dr Sadia Habib and the 'Our Shared Cultural Heritage' collective

    "Do young people belong in museums?" with Dr Sadia Habib and the 'Our Shared Cultural Heritage' collective

    Do museums care about young people, and what can heritage organisations learn from young people about complex notions of belonging?

    Dr Sadia Habib, coordinator of the Our Shared Cultural Heritage project (OSCH), talks here to members of the OSCH Young Collective about the work they do critically exploring identity and belonging in the cultural sector, as well as discussing the idea of belonging to society more generally.

    Our Shared Cultural Heritage is a partnership project, led by the British Council and working with Manchester Museum, that sets out to give young people the chance to come together to explore the shared cultural heritage of the UK and South Asia and develop new methods for museums to engage with diverse communities.  It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust programme, a funding stream launched specifically in order to make heritage more relevant to the lives of young people aged 11-25 and tackle the under-representation of young South Asians as audiences, participants and volunteers in the heritage sector.

    As project Coordinator, Sadia has worked hard to dispel the myth heard too often that young (South Asian) people are not interested in heritage, and since the project began in May 2019 collective members have been engaging with and leading on a host of activities such as oral history training, sharing heritage objects & stories with youth groups, planning for the Museum’s first multi-faith room, setting up a Radical Readers group in collaboration with DecoloniseUoM, creating anti-racism resources, exploring the significance of statues of empire and colonialism, delivering seminars, talks, workshops, and speaking at conferences and events about the hundreds of activities they’ve organised, delivered and participated in.

    To find out more follow the OSCH Blog, Instagram and Twitter

    Season 2: Episode 5 Transcript

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    Manchester Museum is on a mission to become the most imaginative, caring and inclusive museum in the world, and in this podcast we will share open and honest conversations with special guests, which will inform, entertain and inspire.

    Through these conversations we hope to reframe what it means for museums to care, and explore how we can build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other.

    Find out more about the Manchester Museum:

    Website

    Twitter

    Instagram

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    Original music courtesy of Move 78:

    Instagram

    Spotify

    iTunes

    • 35 min

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