OSCH in Glasgow

Creating lasting change and opportunities for young people in museums
The Glasgow Life team have been part of OSCH since April 2019. Their work has focused on creating organisational change, and building new partnerships with youth organisations across the city. Their activity is overseen by Shahana Khaliq-Lyon, who joined as the Glasgow Coordinator in May 2021. Shahana took over from Dr Diljeet Bhachu, who currently leads the Glasgow Mela.  

OSCH in Glasgow

OSCH in Glasgow currently focuses on making changes to Kelvingrove Museum, one of Glasgow’s biggest attractions. Kelvingrove Museum opened in 1901 and is a firm favourite with local people and visitors. Its 22 galleries house a diverse range of collections and exhibitions of art, animals, Ancient Egypt, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and much more.  

The project aims to make Kelvingrove Museum more accessible as a venue, and by working with local youth services to develop job and education opportunities for young people. Focusing on internal change and influencing policy – the ambition is to ensure change lasts beyond the project. 

Photo: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection


For Our Shared Cultural Heritage, these partners have set up Changemakers – a group of young people who are being trained to critique and develop museum practices. This group are currently creating a Test for Museums – a tool for young people to analyse if and how museum exhibitions glorify the legacies of slavery and empire. 

OSCH in Bengaluru and Glasgow

For Our Shared Cutural Heritage, Glasgow Museums is working with the ReReeti Foundation to develop an immersive virtual choice-based narrative exhibition exploring lesser-known stories of migration during the partition of India in 1947, and the movement of people across borders and continents that it caused.