Events | IMA Event

Communities, Inclusion, Decolonisation and Heritage

14 June | 10:30 - 17:00

MMMV QUB - Irish Museums Association - ArtsEkta

Event Address

Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1EA

Book Now

A one-day symposium exploring community and museum sector perspectives on inclusion and decolonisation, bringing together the community sector, the museum and heritage sectors, and researchers from Northern Ireland and beyond.

It aims to give participants a space for dialogue and to catalyse new relationships and cross-sector partnerships. The programme (details to be announced) will discuss how we can best work together to amplify community voices in culture and heritage.

The symposium will deepen understanding of how the relationship between communities and museums can support inclusion and decolonisation across sectors.

Key themes:

  • Amplifying Community Voice
  • Museum and Heritage Decolonisation
  • Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Inclusive and Ethical Practices


The symposium will be followed by the launch of the exhibition of the MENII Memories, MENII Voices project (MMMV) which includes a new commission by artist Peter Surginor and a display of contributions by participants from across Northern Ireland's communities.


Lunch and refreshments are provided without charge to all participants.

Limited travel bursaries are available to support attendance by groups and individuals for whom these costs may represent a barrier. Please email for details.

The symposium is organised by the Many Memories, Many Voices (MMMV) project - a partnership between Queen's University Belfast, ArtsEkta, and the Irish Museums Association. The MMMV project aims to explore social and community heritage connected with colonialism and imperialism and to empower people to reflect on interactions between Northern Irish identities, memories, and objects associated with these themes. We are grateful for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Irish Museums Association.

Admission is free of charge; advance booking essential.