Re-thinking representation in collections databases

Collections Trust would like to welcome Qanitah Malik (left), our first Researcher in Residence, who will spend three months with us thanks to the Whose Heritage? programme from arts and education charity Culture&. The programme is grant-funded by Arts Council England.

Qanitah says, “I am excited to be a Researcher in Residence at the Collections Trust to investigate what decolonisation means for collections, and how we can employ digital tools to rethink database structures and develop sustainable community engagement and partnerships.”

Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Qanitah moved to the States to pursue an undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, majoring in fine art and anthropology. Now based in London, she has worked on contemporary heritage and engagement for BAME individuals for various arts, cultural and heritage organisations.

And in related news, the MA and its Decolonisation Guidance Working Group have recently collected together a range of resources, including articles, blogs and research papers, to support and inspire museums’ decolonial practice.