In April 2023, RAMM commissioned a film about the colourful clothing made by Indigenous Maya weavers. Three women from the town of Santa Catarina Palopó talk about the importance of preserving their weaving practices, their heritage and their identity. The film reflects a Guatemala connection of traditional Maya clothing within the museum’s ethnographic collection. Examples of these clothes can be seen by visitors in the new World Cultures displays. The Ancestral Voices project was supported by the Designation Development Fund, Arts Council England.
In the upcoming Nomads: Homes on the Move exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), people are invited to explore alternative ways of living from around the world. While appreciating these lifeways, we also aim to illustrate how they are under threat by Western colonial conservation projects.