Briony Widdis: Colonial objects at home in Ireland

Sat Aug 7

Colonial objects at home in Ireland: how do they make us feel – Dr Briony Widdis

Dr Briony Widdis is an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics in Queen’s University Belfast. Her project, ‘Museums, Empire and Northern Irish Identity’, is a partnership with National Museums Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Museums Council, Irish Museums Association and Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at NUI Maynooth. The research focuses on the neglected importance of the legacies of empire for cultural identities in Northern Ireland, and on the role of museums in these debates. Through it, Widdis aims to highlight collections that have been subject to limited research and to build a research network, bridging academia and museums across the island of Ireland, focusing on decolonisation activism and its impact on museums.

Dr Widdis is a former Assistant Director of the Northern Ireland Museums Council, Heritage Officer and Culture and Arts Manager at Belfast City Council and Curator of Ethnography (Africa, Pacific and Americas) at National Museums Scotland.

The image at the top of the page shows items from her mother’s jewellery box on which Dr Widdis focuses in her talk.