Young People in Museums, Dr Sadia Habib
Join Dr Sadia Habib on 11 October 2023 for a webinar hosted by the Inclusion, Diversity and Identity Research Network. The session will be followed by discussion and Q&A.
Manchester Museum’s Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) develops, tests and evaluates new models for engaging under-represented young people with heritage, as creators, decision makers, citizens and trainers. This project aims to make museums and heritage organisations better places for young people to explore identity and belonging, connect with others, and become active and vocal participants in organisational decision making. OSCH has established opportunities – often paid – for young people to tackle cultural inequalities and showcase cultural heritage from diaspora perspectives. Led by Dr Sadia Habib (OSCH Project Coordinator), OSCH has developed a rich and varied initiative at Manchester Museum, consistently challenging the societal stereotype that young people do not engage with heritage, by opening up new opportunities for young people, through youth and community groups, local schools and as individuals, to explore heritage in inspirational and innovative ways.
Dr Sadia Habib is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Manchester. She is also the Our Shared Cultural Heritage Coordinator at Manchester Museum, where she mentors young people to lead on critical and creative work around identities and belongings. Sadia also works as a Researcher in the Centre for Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester, and she is co-founder of The Riz Test.
Her work revolves around making the Museum a better place for young people to explore identities and become active and vocal participants in organisational decision making. Sadia has radically changed Manchester Museum by setting up a Young Collective: culturally diverse young people are now embedded in the Museum. They regularly lead on activities, campaigns and events that reflect their communities and identities. Sadia is committed to seeking out and establishing opportunities for young people to tackle cultural inequalities and showcase cultural heritage from diaspora perspectives. Sadia is winner of the Manchester Culture Award 2021 for Promotion of Social Justice and Equality, and was in the top three finalists for the Museums Association Radical Changemaker Award 2020.
For more information, please contact Dr Anna Mariguddi.