Glasgow Museums has teamed up with Language Landscape (LL) to warmly welcome and celebrate all languages spoken across the city and in the museums daily. LL maps languages by recording spoken language and tagging recordings to the location where they were made onto a digital map. The recordings in this project were created during a recordathon at the Kelvingrove Museum to launch the start of the Refugee Festival in Glasgow (20th-29th June, 2019). The collected recordings discuss notions of home and creativity while encouraging museum visitors to do so in the languages they know best. In doing so, we aim to increase the visibility and awareness of under-represented languages and work with people to facilitate engagement with languages spoken around them.
This project was carried out in collaboration with student volunteers from the University of Glasgow and interns based at the Refugee Survival Trust. The languages, objects and stories that have emerged throughout these conversations are part of the Migration Collections Project at Glasgow Museums, the organisation which manages the museums services across Glasgow. This is part of the migration collections project that is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, and has a home with the Open Museum – the community outreach team and lab of Glasgow Museums.