Living Cultures: Getting to Know You - Building Caring Relationships and Earning Trust

Group of people standing in the Pitt Rivers Museum


In 2017, after a visit from Tanzanian Human Right Activist, Samwel Nangiria, the Pitt Rivers Museum received a video from the Maasai Elders to voice their concerns that Maasai objects were held in the UK without consent and with interpretations that excluded Maasai voices. The Elders offered to start a conversation and, with the help of participatory film-makers, Insight Share, the Museum replied with an invitation to the UK. This visit began a long term relationship, centred on care that continues to develop actions for reconciliation, redress and self-representation.

The first of a series of collaborative conversations with Maasai from Tanzania and Kenya, team members from the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge and Oxford-based participatory film facilitators, Insight Share. These conversations will think through how people centred, listening relationships, that bring together our many ways of knowing, can shift and rebalance the power in UK museums.