Bricks and Mortals: Approaches to Decolonizing Museums at UCL
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Subhadra Das is Curator of the Galton Collection at UCL. She reflects on the problematic issues of the naming of spaces and buildings at UCL, focusing on Francis Galton and his links with the history of eugenics. Subhadra considered how to bring this story to a wider public and in 2017 the ‘Bricks and Mortals’ exhibition achieved this. The project told this history through the buildings themselves, with explanatory panels in buildings and more in-depth podcasts. Subhadra stressed the importance of acknowledging the past, that museums are not neutral and that museums are spaces for activism.