Multaka-Oxford aims to create volunteer opportunities and to use museums and collections as a ‘meeting point’ for bringing people together
Multaka-Oxford is a project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund until September 2019. It is being delivered jointly by the Pitt Rivers Museum and the History of Science Museum, alongside local community organisations, grass-root groups and individuals. Multaka-Oxford aims to involve members of the local community in the daily work of the museums through the creation of inclusive volunteer opportunities. The team of volunteers will be empowered to deliver all aspects of the project – from collections research to public engagement.
The project focuses on two collections at the museums: Islamic astronomical instruments at the History of Science Museum, and a recent acquisition of textiles from the Middle East at the Pitt Rivers.
The project is inspired by Multaka: Museums as a meeting point, based in Berlin, which provided opportunities for individuals to create Arabic tours across four museums in the city. Multaka is Arabic for 'meeting point', and the aims of both the Oxford and Berlin projects are to create places where people can meet, share their experiences, knowledge and skills with each other and staff. Through this we aim to enhance understanding of, narratives around and engagement with the collections, while supporting people to build confidence, gain work experience and support community integration.
This is a project focused on bringing people together through museums and their collections. We will also be running family events, delivering outreach sessions in the community, providing guided tours of the collections, co-curating exhibitions and more.
Find out more about the project
Follow blog posts on both museum websites:
Follow us on social media:
Twitter: @Pitt_Rivers @MHSOxford and through #multakaoxford
Or contact the Multaka-Oxford team:
Telephone: 01865 282 456