Object Journeys


Part of the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre Activity Plan


Object Journeys website

The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Object Journeys at the British Museum aims to collaborate with community partners to research, explore and display the Museum’s collection in new in-depth ways.


Object Journeys is a three year Heritage Lottery funded programme in which British Museum community partners will be supported to research and explore the collection and to work collaboratively with staff towards a gallery intervention in response to those objects. Object Journeys is an exciting opportunity for community partners to work intimately with the collection and for the Museum to draw on the experiences and knowledge of individuals within different communities.

The project also explores new and evolving engagement methodologies and experiments with collaborative, community-led display development approaches. Over a three year period there will be three projects at the British Museum and we will support three of our partner museums to run similar projects in their institutions. Our first partner is Manchester Museum.

The first London based Object Journeys project in 2015/16 will explore the Somali collections at the British Museum. We are working with ten young adults from the London Somali community to explore the Museum’s Somali objects, many of which are not on display, in order to tell new stories at the Museum. This is a relatively new kind of project for the British Museum, and we want to understand our community partner’s needs and work with partners to determine the best way to make Object Journeys a success for everyone involved.