Multi-lingual Museum

Language need not be an obstacle that separates people from one another, but a driving tool to connect us. Manchester Museum, in partnership with Multilingual Manchester and Blue Shoes Productions, have created this short film to illustrate that embracing the language diversity of our city provides us with the opportunity to learn from each other about culture, history, nation, and belonging. We believe that it is important to encourage language diversity so that we can learn to understand and appreciate people from all communities and backgrounds in our city. The diverse workforce at Manchester Museum offers an intriguing micro-study into the different tongues spoken across the city. Just some of the languages that are spoken by staff at the museum include English, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Danish, Papiamento, Japanese, Polish, Urdu, Hebrew, Greek and Sinhala, showing a small glimpse into the dynamic makeup of the museum team. Watch our film to learn more about our efforts to embrace a multilingual Manchester!