Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Plains Speaking
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery holds a rich mixture of artefacts with objects dating from 150 million years ago to the present day, covering local and natural history, fine and decorative art, and world art. It has an internationally recognised collection ofNative American material, with items originating from the Plains to the Arctic Circle. It includes original artefacts and authentic reproduction pieces made by some of the collectors whilst living with the Native American tribes.
A group of young people aged 18-20 from local colleges have worked with the museum staff and a creative practitioner to reinterpret and redisplay the Native American Plains Gallery. Cathy Walling, Curator:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Museum to take a fresh look at the way it displays its objects and help it appeal to local young people. The group has already come up with a range of brilliant ideas, giving more evidence of the talent we have in Hastings. We’re sure their approach will have an impact throughout the Museum and look forward to developing more youth-led projects in the future.”
To redevelop the gallery, the young people worked with a film maker, who helped to shape their ideas through a series of practical workshops. They also visited the British Museum to look at how exhibitions of similar objects are displayed and interpreted.
The Native American Plains Gallery opened in June 2012.