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Talking Objects National encourages greater numbers of young people across the UK to explore objects from the diverse collections of a number of institutions.
The project encourages young people to investigate museum objects by talking to curators, handling real objects, debating relevant issues and using drama, music, dance and visual arts to expand ideas about the significance of these objects for us today.
Partner museums across the UK collaborate with youth groups, community organisations and art practitioners to explore, understand and respond creatively to objects.
Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives
Objects including a Mahdist soldier’s Jubba tunic from Sudan, 2011
Young people from the Somali diaspora community responded to the objects through creative writing.
Colchester and Ipswich Museums
Statue of the god Mercury, and a pair of soldier’s tombstones, 2011
Using participatory theatre and filmmaking two groups of young people responded to the objects.
Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Roman tile with a footprint, 2011
Young people not in education or training, responded to the object using media including graphic design and pottery.
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Celtic sculpture, 2012
A group of young people from a local school in the north west responded to the object using different creative media.