Everyday Muslim: A Celebration of Muslim Heritage in the UK

WEYDA’s documentary ‘Young, Religious and Judged’ opened up an experience for the 11-16 year olds that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.
The WEYDA group exploring London.

The WEYDA group exploring London.

The WEYDA documentary that explores the views and opinions of different religions in the West End of Newcastle caught the attention of Dr Katherine Lloyd, a research associate for the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. Her research areas include museums, heritage, place, belonging, migration and diversity. It is these interests that led her to the project ‘Co-Curate North East’. The project ‘aims to open up ‘official’ museum and ‘un-official’ co-created community -based collections and archives through innovative collaborative approaches using social media and open archives/date.’ See  https://co-curate.ncl.ac.uk/  for more details.

Dr Katherine Llloyd invited WEYDA to join her presentation at the Everyday Muslim, a five-year project running to create a central archive of Muslim lives, arts, education and culture from across the UK.
Saturday 31st 2015 was the date of our inaugural symposium. 20 speakers and 150 delegates from across the UK and Europe gathered together at Bishopsgate Institute in London to represent museums, archives, academia, art and media organisations. Everyone shared their experience of collecting, documenting, presenting and preserving British Muslim heritage.
We travelled all the way to London!

We travelled all the way to London!

The WEYDA group were the only children and the only group from the North representing their Muslim heritage.
We were so proud of WEYDA as the only children there.

We were so proud of WEYDA as the only children there.

Most of the people there were academics and they were all very impressed with the work the WEYDA group are doing and would like us to keep them informed.
The WEYDA group talked about their documentary 'Young, Religious and Judged'.

The WEYDA group talked about their documentary ‘Young, Religious and Judged’.

A trip to London doesn’t come very often, so they decided to make the most of it. As part of their Key Fund, they researched, budgeted and scheduled activities in London – a hard task because of the vast amount of choices and prices of our Capital City, and the limited time we had after the symposium had ended. The London Dungeons proved popular with the children and their parents, and resulted in  a quiet train journey home after such a long full packed day.
We put our Clubs Coordinator in the dungeons!

We put our Clubs Coordinator in the dungeons!

Moving forward from this, the WEYDA group are still working with Co-Curate and are hoping to put together an exhibition of their very own.
Watch this space!!!

Watch this space!!!

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