Multaka North East England

Multaka (which means 'meeting point' in Arabic) is an international network of museums active in the design of programmes and participation of those with migration backgrounds.

About the project

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Multaka North East England is a project co-ordinated by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) and funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Multaka (which means 'meeting point' in Arabic) is a part of Project Multaka, an international network of museums active in the design of programmes and participation of those with migration backgrounds.

Multaka works directly with organisations who support refugees and asylum seekers to inspire engagement with our venues and culturally diverse museum collections. We invite engagement through volunteering opportunities and participation with our bespoke resources, delivered in multiple first languages.

TWAM’s Multaka volunteering programme offers the opportunity to develop public new skills focusing on particular areas of interest in the collection. Volunteers are supported in the development of their ideas through our in-house specialists and wider training opportunities. Outcomes to date have been downloadable tours and videos. We are currently developing public tours.

For further information on this project or to find out how to get involved please contact:

Nicola Maxwell
Project Co-ordinator (Multaka North East England)
Nicola.Maxwell@twmuseums.org.uk

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Films

Newcastle upon Tyne through the ages

Ekhlas Ali Mohsin takes us on a journey of Newcastle upon Tyne through the ages. This short film is presented in Arabic with English subtitles.

Newcastle during and after World War II

Arezoo Aliyari talks about life in Newcastle upon Tyne during the second world war and in the post-war years. This short film is presented in Farsi with English subtitles.

Mauretania, Turbinia and shipbuilding on the Tyne

Manal Hasaballa talks about two of the most famous ships built on the River Tyne. This short film is presented in Arabic with English subtitles.

Fisherman's Gansey

Cheryl Muirhead talks about a knitted 'Gansey' pullover from the Discovery Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne, and why it's important to her. This short film is presented in German with English subtitles.

The Story of the SS Baikal

Ken Bee talks about the SS Baikal, an ice-breaking steamer train ferry built on Tyneside.This short film is presented in Cantonese with English subtitles.

Museum tours in English, Arabic and German