Haud yer Wheesht, Wumman! Who Gets to Speak in Heritage?
An expectation of equal representation of gender within professional heritage sector networks has become the norm. While occurrences of male-dominated conference sessions are yet to be consigned to history, confidence to openly highlight disparity has grown.
Can the same be said about the public perception of women in the heritage sector? Introduced by a short lecture, the panel will discuss who gets to speak about heritage in Scotland. Has the public image of women in heritage become tied to heavily worn tropes? Is public engagement reliant on image, rather than expertise or skill, for women in heritage? Does popular media exacerbate this issue by encouraging pervasive stereotypes?
Dr T S Beall (Protests and Suffragettes)
Dr t s Beall is a socially-engaged artist, researcher, and heritage consultant based in Dumfries and Glasgow, working with diverse communities on durational projects to recover marginalised histories. She is Lead Artist for Protests & Suffragettes (2013-present), a project which is currently running a crowdfunder campaign to raise the profile of Scotland’s Suffrage herstory (ends 14th Sept). Her work spans a variety of media including performative events, printed matter, and creative interventions in the public realm. She works nationally and internationally.
Loretta Mordi (Museums and Galleries Scotland)
Loretta Mordi is Learning and Engagement Manager with significant experience at senior management level and a strong record in strategic development, project management and delivery in culture, heritage and public policies spanning over twenty years. She is currently responsible for driving strategic learning and engagement through supporting the sector and partnerships to deliver the National Strategy for Scotland Museums and Scottish Government National Priorities. A great networker committed to museums, cultural, learning and community engagement, equality and diversity, social justice, and inclusion. She convenes the MGS Strategic Learning Forum and she is an Associate of Museums Association (AMA).”
Dr Saqib Razzaq (Colourful Heritage)
As a Project Officer for Colourful Heritage, Dr. Saqib Razzaq uses her research skills to trace the roots of early South Asian migrants that came to settle in Scotland, capturing and celebrating their unique, inspirational stories. She has been instrumental in setting up the ‘GlaswegAsians’ exhibition at Scotland Street School Museum and recently delivered a lecture, “The Contribution of South Asians to Scotland”, as part of this year’s inaugural South Asian Heritage Month. Most recently, she has organised Colourful Heritage’s HERSTORY series, highlighting the stories of pioneering South Asian women in Scotland.
Graham Forbes (Up Next Studios)
Graham Forbes is a filmmaker and camera operator. He has been working in the industry for the last 15 years with the last 10 in television production. Graham and his brother Alan run Up Next Studios in Glasgow making a variety of TV programmes and content.
Dr Giovanna Vitelli (Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery)
Giovanna Vitelli has an PhD in historical archaeology from the University of Reading. As of 2019 she is the Head of Collections and Curatorial at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, having come to Scotland from The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Ingrid Shearer (Glasgow Building Preservation Trust)
Ingrid Shearer is a Heritage Engagement Officer at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. She has a background in archaeology and is an experienced heritage specialist with a portfolio of work focused on fostering communities' engagement with heritage. Before joining GBPT to work on the West Boathouse project, she worked for Glasgow University and Northlight Heritage.