Research and curatorial work, carried out while working at heritage consultancy Barker Langham, for a suite of four museums located in a large-scale development in the Qatar capital Doha. The museums, housed in some of the city’s oldest traditional houses, focus on various aspects of Qatar’s history.
Bin Jelmood House
A museum dedicated both to the history of slavery in the Middle East and Africa, and to the forms of modern slavery that continue in the region today. Developed under the guidance of a panel of the world’s foremost academic experts on the subject, the museum is the first of its type in the region.
Press for Bin Jelmood House:
- Reuters: Qatar slavery museum aims to address modern exploitation
- The Telegraph (UK): Qatar’s new slavery museum will ‘highlight modern exploitation’
Based in the house that formerly served as headquarters for British Petroleum’s oil operations in Qatar in the 1930s, the museum recognised the efforts of Qataris involved in the earliest days of the country’s petroleum industry.
Mohammed Bin Jassim House
Occupying a site that was formerly the home of one of Doha’s most preeminent sheikhs, the museum tells the story of the city’s historical development. Many of its exhibits were salvaged from the city’s old quarter prior to its redevelopment, evoking personal stories from the city’s lost past.
One of Doha’s oldest family houses, the museum’s rooms contain reconstructed scenes of domestic life in the 1950s, a key moment in Qatar’s history, when the country was on the cusp of dramatic social and technological transformation, brought about by the discovery of petroleum.