Savannah Wisdom was the earliest philanthropic funder to support the creation of a new South Asia Gallery at Manchester Museum (part of The University of Manchester), having pledged its commitment in 2017. A British Museum partnership, the South Asia Gallery is the first permanent gallery in the UK to celebrate the experiences and contribution of the South Asian diaspora, displaying world-class material from the British Museum alongside the best of South Asian collections in Manchester. This multilingual gallery is a remarkable testimony to the power of collective endeavour and co-curation, having been designed and built with the South Asia Gallery Collective: an inspiring group of community leaders, educators, artists, historians, journalists, scientists, musicians, students and others from South Asian diaspora with a unique spirit of collaboration. Following its opening to the public in February 2023, the South Asia Gallery promises to be a much-loved, continually evolving hub of South Asian-inspired histories, cultures, storytelling, and arts.
Launching in 2023, Savannah Wisdom has embarked upon an ambitious, five-year partnership with Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, to realise the Museum’s potential as a leading hub for social justice. Building upon the museum’s core values of inclusion, imagination and care, the programme will pioneer, evaluate, and embed new, culture-led responses which have a proven ability to effect lasting change. A new Social Justice Manager will play a key role in supporting the museum’s work with its most local communities, co-developing creative new responses to the issues that are most important to them, including family poverty, young people and belonging, social mobility and care for our elders. Working both in-venue and beyond the walls of the museum, the programme will commit to unparalleled collaboration with schools, third sector organisations, statutory organisations, individuals, and communities to create opportunity and inspiration; draw in additional funding; and establish a robust evidence base for the long-term impact of this work. Link to press release.