‘The more events slip out of living memory, the more the burden lies on the material’
A few days ago, Chao and Olivia met with Gabriel Moshenshka, Senior Lecturer in Public Archaeology at the University of London. Gabriel reached out to our team a fortnight or so ago to say hello and discuss areas of common interest and possible collaboration. As an archaeologist specialising in twentieth century conflict, and a particular interest in internment camps, he has long been keen to conduct a study of the physical remains of the British camps in Kenya and their potential presentation and management as a heritage resource.
As mapping and exploring the physical locations and remnants of the camps has come to form a central part of our exhibition planning we couldn’t have been more delighted and excited to meet with him.
Over the next couple of hours our discussion ranged from the genesis of the museum, to Gabriel’s work to date, his future plans, the potential of cross-cultural collaboration and engagement, the power of living testimony and physical remains, the politics and potential of a people’s history, forensic architecture, crowd-sourcing… crowdfunding,…, public archaeology and.. of course.. our collaboration.