Providing the widest possible public access to the new collection has been an important project ambition. This has included museum staff hosting events both on and offsite for students, adults, families, researchers and community groups. Brighton Museum has also welcomed many groups of university students to view objects and to find out more about the project. Students have used the collection to explore different topics relating to courses in museum studies, art history, fashion, diaspora studies, brand design, and art and design.
Museum staff and Collecting Panel members have contributed to talks, presentations and hands-on events for museum visitors introducing the project and collection, as well as speaking at conferences and workshops in the UK, Europe and Africa.
Events for adults included informal lunchtime talks for weekday museum visitors, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, and evening talks and events, with opportunities to meet designers and creatives featured in the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition, and to showcase the work of UK-based African diaspora artists, writers and researchers.
Family events included an African Arts Festival curated by Edith Ojo. The weekend of events, inspired by the project and new collection, included fashion, film and food, created in collaboration with artists, makers, musicians, writers, performers, cultural organisations and community groups.
By creating this digital resource we hope to widen access and provide an introduction to the collection and overview of the project activities, especially for those unable to visit the museum in person.