9 December 2021

Winter Lecture: The ORIGINS Festival and Indigenous interventions in museums

Join us for December’s Winter Lecture to hear Michael Walling discuss the ORIGINS Festival and Indigenous interventions in museum spaces.

Relationships between museums and Indigenous people have become increasingly complex in recent years, with questions of ownership, appropriation, decolonisation and repatriation coming to the fore.

Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, which offers a space in Britain for Indigenous people to articulate their cultures, has been working closely with Indigenous artists and major museums to move these important conversations forward.

In this lecture, the festival director, Michael Walling discusses a range of Indigenous interventions in museum spaces, from Indigenous Australia and Arctic at the British Museum to Tanya Tagaq at the National Maritime Museum and Totem Latamat at Manchester Museum.

By engaging directly with people who were once colonised by Britain, can museums move beyond the perception that they represent a storage space for imperial looting?

Speaker: Michael Walling founded Border Crossings in 1995. He studied History at Oxford University, and subsequently trained at Trinity College, Dublin. He has directed numerous productions across four continents, winning awards for Two Gentlemen of Verona in the US and Paul & Virginie in Mauritius. He founded the ORIGINS Festival in 2009.

Michael is also Visiting Professor in the Research Centre for Multicultural and Intercultural Performance at Rose Bruford College. Known for his eloquent advocacy for culture and social justice, Michael is frequently asked to speak in public. In 2017, he was a platform speaker at the European Culture Forum in Milan.

How to take part:

The Winter Lectures are free but you need to book your ticket in advance. All Winter Lectures are held at Bristol University, not Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Please note that this event is an in-person event.

Venue address:
Priory Road Lecture Theatre,
University of Bristol,
8 Woodland Road,

Please arrive 15 minutes before the advertised start time to take your seat. Parking in the area can be difficult so you may want to allow extra time to find a space if you are driving to the venue.

Available Tickets Price Qty *
Free Ticket £0.00 (GBP) / ticket

* Please note that a maximum number of 10 tickets can be purchased for this event per order.

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About the Winter Lectures

Bristol Museums have delivered a Winter Lecture Series between October and April every year since 1948. Past speakers have included many of the leading experts of their time and some famous faces.

Today, the Winter Lectures are sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives and are free and open to all. Lectures are all connected in some way to Bristol Museum’s amazing collections and cover a range of subjects including geology, natural history, archaeology, art and world cultures.