STUDY DAY | Faith in Museums – Practical Approaches to Using Your Collections

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  • 10.45 – 11am: Tea / Coffee and Registration
  • 11am: Welcome and introduction to the day, Rebecca Bridgman – Chair of SSN for Islamic Art and Material Culture


  • 11.10 – 11.30am: Co-production in Birmingham’s Faith Gallery (incorporating gallery tour), Rebecca Bridgman, Curator of Middle East and South Asia, Lynsey Rutter, Community Engagement Team Leader Birmingham Museums & Mr Makhdoom Chishti, Birmingham Central Mosque
  • 11.30-11.45am: ‘Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions (at the Ashmolean Museum)’ & ‘Those Who Follow’, Dr Dominic Dalglish, Worcester College, University of Oxford.
  • 11.45 – 12pm: ‘Spiritual journeys – exhibiting faith & religion (at the British Museum)’, Stuart Frost, Head of Interpretation and Volunteers at the British Museum
  • 12pm-12.30pm: Discussion

12.30PM – 1.15pm: LUNCH


  • 1.15 – 1.20pm: Introduction to session, Sofia Maskin, Bradford Museums & Committee Member, SSN Islamic Art & Material Culture
  • 1.20 – 1.35: Practice at Birmingham Museums Trust, Sarah English, Learning Officer, Birmingham Museums
  • 1.35- 1.50 pm: ‘A Leap of Faith. Using Faith Collections for Learning’, Sofia Maskin, Learning & Outreach Officer, Bradford Museums with Becky Smith & Ernest Lennon
  • 1.50 – 2.05pm: Interfaith and museums – stereotypes and judgments? Harry Dunlop, Learning & Access Curator, St. Mungos Museum of Religious Life, Glasgow Life
  • 2.05 – 2.45pm: Task – planning a session

2.45pm – 3pm: TEA & COFFEE BREAK

WORKING WITH EXTERNAL ORGANISATIONS – how can we support each other?

  • 3pm – 3.05pm: Introduction to session, Lynsey Rutter, Community Engagement Team Leader, Birmingham Museums
  • 3.05pm – 3.25pm: Interfaith networks & The Feast, Andrew Smith, Interfaith Advisor to the Bishop of Birmingham and founder of The Feast
  • 3.25pm – 3.45pm:Mohammed Ali, Soul City Arts
  • 3.45pm – 4pm: Q&A
  • 4 pm – 4.20pm: Wrapping up & Evaluation forms


6pm: Return to Birmingham New Street station