Online heritage exhibition launched by Lancaster charity
Lancaster charity Global Link has launched an international online heritage exhibition to be exhibited at Lancaster City Museum this summer.
In partnership with Lancaster City Museum, Global Link Development Education Centre has launched an online exhibition - Learning from the Past (so that we are not condemned to repeat it) - through which adults and young people from seven European countries creatively shared their learning about the efforts for peace and internationalism made by people across Europe during the interwar years.
The young people also explored the impact of this shared heritage on young Europeans today.
The online exhibition includes digitally displayed historical exhibits, as well as key heritage stories that emerged from the project and a range of new, original artwork from poetry to film to painting. The exhibition can be seen here.Dr. Alison Lloyd Williams, the project co-ordinator, said: "The impact of the project has been phenomenal, not only on the young people, who engaged so creatively and thoughtfully with the past, but also on the organisations, most of whom were youth organisations, who have discovered the value of applying a global learning lens to local heritage. It has also been a joy for the adult heritage volunteers to uncover so many ‘hidden histories’."
One audience member at the launch event reflected, ‘The past is not dead. It teaches us so much. It can reach to people of all ages and backgrounds to consider what has gone on before and what is around them now; how to interact with one another and how to move forward together'.
The project was funded by Erasmus + and involved partners in the UK, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Italy and Romania. The physical exhibition will take place at Lancaster City Museum this summer.
Gisela Renolds, director of Global Link, said: "Starting with Lancaster’s first Slave Trade Town Trail in 2007, Global Link has developed a specialism in applying the ‘global dimension’ to heritage: exploring aspects of the past relating to human rights, diversity, social justice and conflict resolution, and reflecting on what that means for our lives in the 21st century. We are very proud of this exhibition and hope others enjoy it, too."