Project launch: EXPLORING EAST INDIA COMPANY HERITAGE OBJECTS

Date and Time: 
Wed, 24/05/2017 - 18:30 - 20:30


Venue:
Conference Room, Idea Store Whitechapel
321 Whitechapel Rd, London, E1 1BU

Details:
A new project by Stepney Community Trust.

The project aims to help generate interest in the V&A Museum’s heritage object collections linked to the East India Company.

There are many items from various parts of the Indian sub-continent and Asia that were brought to the UK by the East India Company, which are now scattered and stored in various museums and heritage institutions across the country.

At the V&A, there exists a huge collection of objects, which include textiles, paintings, chairs, swords, jewellery, board games, etc. Each one has a unique history of its own.

The project will recruit twelve participants from diverse backgrounds and provide them with a guided tour of objects kept at the Clothworkers Centre (V&A). They will receive workshops / training on the power of the social media, writing skills and research methodology.

Each participant will choose an object from the collection, undertake research and write a chapter in a book, covering its origin, where it was made, how it came to the UK, etc. They will also help produce an exhibition on the project outcomes.

There will be a project end celebration, book launch and community workshops, where the participants will share their findings.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT EAST INDIA COMPANY RELATED OBJECTS KEPT AT THE V&A?

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM, HOW THEY WERE BROUGHT TO THE UK AND THE PURPOSE THEY FULFILLED?

DO YOU WANT TO UNDERTAKE HERITAGE RESEARCH AND SHARE HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE?

DO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING AND SOCIAL MEDIA SKILLS?

If the answers are yes then please come to the launch and find out more about the project and how you can join.

Programme

  • Information on the project
  • Short film: How Villages and Towns in Bengal Dressed London Ladies in the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries
  • Presentation: East India Company Objects at the Clothworkers Centre (V&A) - by Avalon Fotheringham (curator, South Asia, Asia Department - V&A)
  • Next step

Contact:
For more details and to book a place to attend the event please call 07914 119 282 or email heritageproject@stepney.org.uk

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