• Colchester and Ipswich Museums
• The British Museum
• Signals Media Arts
• Mercury Theatre
In August 2008 the British Museum ran a Talking Objects pilot project for young people focused on the Rosetta Stone. After two introductory sessions, the main project took place over four consecutive days, focused on the chosen object. On the final day of the project, the young people engaged in a debate with curators and staff from the museum.
Following the success of this pilot, the British Museum and partners around the country secured funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to role out the template across the country between 2010 and 2013.
In summer 2011, Colchester and Ipswich Museums ran two Talking Objects projects. The first of these was targeted as young people from fostering families and was developed in partnership with Essex Social Services and the Mercury Theatre. This project was based around the Gosbeck’s Mercury. The second project, based around two Roman tombstones, was openly advertised to 16 to 25 year olds and developed with Signals Media Arts.
Both projects were filmed by Signals Media Arts. These films are currently in post-production and will be uploaded to this website soon. They will also be displayed alongside the objects at Colchester Castle as part of the redisplayed exhibitions from 2014.
For further information about the national Talking Objects scheme please click here
- Inspire creative engagement with museum collections
- Innovate, test and disseminate new creative methodologies for bringing together object-based knowledge and an audience focused approach to explore the contemporary relevance of museum objects
- Create a forum for debate bringing together museum staff and project participants