What is ‘A Museum for Me’?

‘A Museum for Me’ is a unique nexus of virtual and physical spaces and objects created by human rights researchers, museologists, NGOs, artists, and community-based activists in Colombia and the UK. In ‘A Museum for Me’, victims and survivors of the armed conflict take centre-stage; their representation (or indeed, invisibility) is scrutinised and re-cast; gendered or identity-based forms of violence – and resistance – are revealed; and stories of the silenced are communicated gently or broadcast loudly, through myriad, life-affirming, cultural and social forms of truth-telling and creative peace-building. 

Who is ‘A Museum for Me’?

‘A Museum for Me’ is an international research impact project, led by the University of Liverpool and supported by UKRI GCRF funding. It takes findings from the AHRC-funded research project ‘Memory, Victims, and Representations of the Colombian Conflict’ (led by Prof. Claire Taylor), and moves on to facilitating  cultural projects that can make a positive impact on the memory and representation of victims of the Colombian conflict. Therefore,  community counterparts in the UK and Colombia play a  central role in ‘A Museum for Me’. For example, in the UK,  Mujer Diáspora / Diaspora Women, the grassroots network that successfully campaigned for the inclusion of testimony from exiles and migrants, in the Colombian Truth Commission, has facilitated much of  the content of our Virtual  Museum.

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