NTU collaborates with the National Caribbean Heritage Museum in Nottingham for Global Week

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) recently teamed up with the National Caribbean Heritage Museum (Museumand) during Global Week to promote Nottingham’s diverse Caribbean heritage to students.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) recently teamed up with the National Caribbean Heritage Museum (Museumand) during Global Week to promote Nottingham’s diverse Caribbean heritage to students.

Museumand is a mobile social history project that curates the contributions made by communities of Caribbean origin to British society and to Nottingham.

The project was jointly led by Ana Souto, Senior Lecturer in BArch (Hons) Architecture, her colleague Andrew Langley, and Chris Lawton, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Economics. They developed on Ana’s research mapping and exploring community identities across Nottingham and Chris’ work on graduate retention and the labour market and society of Nottingham.

Students of various nationalities from the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, and Nottingham Business School worked alongside a team of academic staff and Museumand to deliver a series of linked tasks.

The economics students analysed qualitative sources on the history of the Caribbean community in Nottingham, exploring immigration from the 1950s, community cohesion, discrimination and the impact of the Caribbean community on Nottingham’s art, music, food, fashion and language.

The product design and architecture students then used this research in posters and artefacts displayed on the stall and designed a jerk spice box that complemented food prepared for visitors to the Global Week exhibition.

Ana told us: “I think it is essential that students understand the value of working with real clients in life projects. Catherine Ross and Lynda Burrell from Museumand were able to attend one of the workshops, briefing the students and leading them with their feedback to achieve a design that captured the essence of their museum.

“The final product, a jerk spice box, was inspired by the suitcases of the pop up museum. Students from different disciplines shared different skills and approaches to a common research project.”

Andrew added: “For me, from a pedagogical perspective, it was great to see students from the two schools working together as a team and producing something of value. I believe this process was beneficial for them as they challenged each other’s ways of thinking as they worked on a real life project.”

We also caught up with some of our Year One BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design students. Sayo Olowo-Ake from Nigeria told us: “This project gave me a chance to educate myself on the Caribbean as a whole and develop my teamwork skills.”

Ghadeer Al-Khayat, from Qatar, added: “I found the project really good because I learned about a new country and talked with new students. Also, it was great to learn more about the National Caribbean Heritage Museum!”

Jessica Richards, a Year One BA (Hons) Product Design student also commented: “It was a brilliant opportunity, I really enjoyed working with people from other disciplines and getting to work closely with the clients.”

The project team will be exploring opportunities through the next academic year to create more high-impact collaborative projects for staff and students.

NTU collaborates with the National Caribbean Heritage Museum in Nottingham for Global Week

Published on 17 March 2017
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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