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Collaborate project spotlight: gender stories

Collaborate project spotlight

Find out more about the partnership between National Museums Liverpool and Sophie Oliver, University of Liverpool

Gender Stories

National Museums Liverpool working with Sophie Oliver, Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool

This partnership was awarded a research grant in June 2022 as part of the first round of funding of the Centre for Cultural Value’s Collaborate programme.

The fund looks to support innovative new partnerships between cultural sector practitioners and academics to explore under-explored questions around cultural value.

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National Museums Liverpool Image (c) Dave Jones

What will the project explore?

National Museums Liverpool (NML) and Sophie Oliver from the University of Liverpool will work with diverse audiences in the city to explore how individuals can use objects in the museum’s collection to tell their ‘gender stories’.

The team will explore how the collection can encourage people of diverse gender identities (and intersecting identities) to think about their lived experience and empathise with the experiences of others. For those whose gender identity is marginalised, like transgender and non-binary people, or women of colour, the team hope the stories will help foster a sense of belonging in the museum’s narrative, or remake that narrative in light of their lived experiences.

The participants will be co-creators, whose ideas and feelings about their gender, and their chosen objects, will set the terms for each project phase.

The project aims to weave all the stories collected back into the museum, layering them with existing interpretation to create a kaleidoscope of perspectives. In doing so, the project will push the boundaries of the approach to interpretation and develop innovative methods for narrating cultural history.

We will update you with more findings from the project over the course of the next year.

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FAQs

Frequently asked questions about how to apply to the Collaborate Fund.
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Before you apply

Find out more about how to apply to Collaborate, how the fund works and the key stages of your project.
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Unfinished Business at The British Library. Photo: David Jensen

Your application

Cultural sector and academic applicants can make an expression of interest via our online form.
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Funding

Our Collaborate fund supports innovative new research partnerships between the cultural sector and academics.

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