Heritage and everyday lives

Event Recording: The role of heritage and everyday lives in teaching about the violent past: a discussion with Abiti Adebo Nelson and Dr. Kate Moles.

How do museums and other heritage spaces shape understandings of past violence and injustice and their legacies in the present? Are there contradictions between the pedagogical and commemorative functions of heritage spaces? What is the relationship between the museum and the school? These questions and more guided our conversations around the EdJAM’s heritage and everyday lives theme.

During this event, on the 26th May 2022, the discussion focused on Abiti’s work with the Uganda National Museum and the National Memory and Peace Documentation Centre (NMPDC) and the development of a mobile exhibition that shares heritage objects from the Museum’s collection with communities. The mobile exhibition aims to engage young people, teachers and community members and opens space to reflect on the role of objects in conflict, peace and transition. Before, during, and after conflict, the symbolism of objects from the Museum’s collection are explored by elders and young people, enabling a unique form of dialogue about conflict and reconciliation. You can read more about this project here

This was a hybrid event with colleagues attending both online and in person at the University of Bristol’s School of Education.  A colleague, Tot Foster, who attended the event in person, shared a blog she wrote reflecting on the discussion which you can access here .

The event recording is available to listen to as a podcast or to watch as a video below




Abiti Nelson

Curator for Ethnography and History, Uganda National Museum

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United Kingdom

Dr Kate Moles

Reader in Sociology

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United Kingdom

Dr Julia Paulson

Dean, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

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