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MENII Memories, MENII Voices – Workshop

03 September | 12:00 - 13:00

Irish Museums Association and MENII Memories, MENII Voices

Event Address

Tower Museum, Derry~Londonderry

Presented as part of the MENII Memories, MENII Voices (MMMV) project, a one-year public engagement project working with meaningful objects, this workshop will bring a small group of museum professionals together to sensitively explore the topics of colonialism, imperialism and decolonisation through museum objects.

Through facilitated conversations and case study, participants will learn from one another about how they are approaching these themes or any issues that they raise – both for themselves and for communities that they work with.  

This is the second workshop presented under the MMMV museum engagement strand and marks the completion of this research project. In October 2023, hosted by the Chester Beatty, participants explored provenance research with a focus on the collections and artefacts within their care. It is envisioned that this workshop, hosted by the Tower Museum, will look more closely at community engagement and public interpretation and display of this sensitive material.

The workshop will cover the following:

  1. Introduction to preliminary MMMV2 findings from Queen’s University Belfast.
  2. Introduction to current practice within the Tower Museum.
  3. Participant discussions on the representation of empire and colonialism in their programming, and their understanding of best practice as well as their concerns or development needs.
  4. Group discussion of what ‘decolonisation’ means in an Irish / Northern Irish museum context.


MENII Memories, MENII Voices is led by a QUB – IMA – ArtsEkta partnership. Click here for further information.

The MENII Memories, MENII Voices project would like to acknowledge and thank the Tower Museum for their support of this workshop.

There is no cost for participation. Lunch will be provided and a contribution towards travel costs will be extended to participants. 

Due to limited capacity at this workshop and to ensure diversity of representation from the sector, we are currently requesting that those interested in attending, send an expression of interest by completing the below form by 31 July.