Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Make Muslim Heritage More Accessible

Why Don’t We Just Talk to Each Other? – Building Cross-Sector Connections to Make Muslim Heritage More Accessible.

Saturday 26th September, 10:30 am – 2pm at Bishopsgate Institute.

Are you collecting materials or carrying out research on Muslim history or heritage? Do you want to develop a manifesto of cross-sector collaboration with others working in this expanding field? If yes, join us for an event aimed at artists, journalists, academics, curators, librarians, archivists and activists. This informal event explores issues such as funding, accessibility and engagement through group discussions, short presentations and networking opportunities. 

Based on the feedback from the delegates of our successful inaugural symposium earlier this year, the Everyday Muslim team has organised a half-day session for you to network, share and discuss the issues you face regarding cross-sector collaboration in the context of Muslim heritage in the UK.

Free admission; advance booking required:


About the Everyday Muslim Project:

Highlights from the Symposium 2015:!symposium-online-2015/cv3a

Topics for discussion


To what extent is your sector accessible and who is it accessible to in reality?
How do you evaluate the level of accessibility?
What steps are being taken to increase accessibility within your sectors? What else can be done?

Community Engagement

Does your organisation engage with the Muslim community?
Who is responsible for community engagement in your organisation?
Do you feel your organisation is accessible to your local community?
How useful is community engagement to your organisation?
How is the success of community engagement evaluated?


Does your organisation collaborate with organisations within and outside of your sector? With individuals, local groups, wider community? If not, why?
What are the motivations to collaborate?
What barriers do you face, if any, from within your sector when embarking on possible collaborations?
What conditions are needed to make collaboration effective?
What practical measures are there in your sector that promotes collaboration?


What methods and approaches have you found to be most successful/effective in securing funding?
Do present funders reflect your sector’s needs?
How do you make the most of funding opportunities in your sector?
Which funding organisations are you aware of?

(Draft) Programme Schedule

10:30 - 11:00 Networking with refreshments

11:00 - 11:15 Intro by Everyday Muslim Team and news of new Collaboration tools

11:15 – 11:45 Open mic style 5 min presentations
This will be your chance to talk in more detail about your organisation’s experience of collaboration. The presentation can reflect issues or solutions you would like to share.
(Sign-up on the day)

11:45 - 12:45 Small group topic discussions

12:45 - 1: 15 Feedback from group discussions

1:15 – 1:45   Funders Presentations (TBC)

1:45 – 2:00   Feedback and Close.