Our Inclusive Global Histories exhibition is the start of a journey that Ulster Museum is taking towards decolonisation, diversity and inclusion.  

Through this exhibition, Ulster Museum is re-evaluating its World Cultures collection, to better understand the complex global stories of some 4,500 items - how and why they came to be in Northern Ireland, the ways in which they connect to our audiences and what the options might be for these items in the future.  

Working in partnership with others, we are re-examining our collections and sites and seeking to address racism and exclusionary practices. We will highlight and redress the injustices of the past and face up to uncomfortable truths. We acknowledge we have much further to go, but we must start somewhere. 

Through Inclusive Global Histories, we will bring marginalised voices and stories to the fore, exchange ideas and learn from others to encourage mutual respect and understanding.

Our Inclusive Global Histories exhibition is divided into three sections;    

  1. Telling stories from the past 
  2. Challenging our present
  3. Shaping our future 

Our Inclusive Global Histories exhibition will run for two years, with updates as research progresses and relationships develop. We want to hear the views of our audience on this work, and we welcome dialogue, particularly with those for whom the collections have special relevance and significance. 

Ulster Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. No booking necessary.  

Special thanks to our partners and critical friends, African Caribbean Support Organisation of Northern Ireland (ACSONI), Belfast Multi-Cultural Association of Northern Ireland (BMCA), Active Citizens Engaged (ACE), Conflict Textiles, Amnesty International UK, Digital Benin, Devolving Restitution, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and Native American Cultural Liaison Chelle McIntyre Brewer.

Events

Inclusive Global Histories Trail at the Ulster Museum

14:00 - 15:00 on Thursday 22nd September

(Meet in the Inclusive Global Histories exhibition)

Join our Modern History Curator, Tríona White Hamilton on a tour of the new Inclusive Global Histories trail, and help us shape it further across the museum. We welcome dialogue, particularly with those for whom decolonisation has special relevance and significance. This is a free event open to all, so there is no booking necessary. 

This event is scheduled as part of Good Relations Week.