Naomi Terry

net6@le.ac.uk

‘Betwixt and Between’: Exploring Invisibility and Narrating Mixed Race Identity in UK Museums

Refocusing knowledge through feminist and antiracist critiques, UK museums have in recent years attempted to redress the traditions of a normalised white, male history. In endeavouring to move ethnic minorities and their stories out from the margins of British history, however, institutions have, at present, done little to acknowledge identities beyond a Black/white binary.

This research explores the absence of mixed race narratives, (specifically people of white and Black Caribbean parentage) in UK museums. The project looks at how race representation in the museum, and the assumptions underpinning this representation, impact upon complex identities and their ability to be narrated in traditionally white, imperialist institutions.

Examining the social conditions through which mixed race has historically been understood, the overarching objective is to review and evaluate loaded categories of being, belonging, identity and race, in order to comprehend the current invisibility of mixed race experience in UK museums.

Supervisors

Dr. Viv Golding

Prof. Richard Sandell

Education

  • University of Reading 2008 – 2011, BA Hons. English Literature & European Literature, 1st class
  • University of Leicester 2012 – 2013, MA Museums Studies, Distinction (Dissertation: ‘The Child Real and Imagined: Notions and Narratives of Childhood in the Contemporary Museum of Childhood’)

Professional

  • Raynham Primary School (London) 2011-2012, Unqualified teacher
  • The Geffrye (London) 2013, Public Programmes intern with the education department
  • Spinney Hill Primary School (Leicester) 2014, Teaching assistant

 

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