You know, there are some 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, but more than two thousand of those have less than a 1000 speakers. You would have thought that someone somewhere would have wanted to bring together information about the many languages spoken in our communities, the benefits of learning other languages and the extraordinary diversity and power of languages to help us understand what it is to be human. Well, now they have!
Academics from the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Queen’s Belfast have set up the first innovative pop-up museum of languages. There are activities for all ages, encouraging the general public to explore their own language knowledge and discover just how multilingual we are without even consciously being aware of it.
The exciting experience has been made possible through MEITS (Multilingualism, Empowering Individuals and Transforming Societies), which is a major interdisciplinary research project funded under the AHRC Open World Research Initiative.
The pop-up museum began its tour around the UK on 19 October 2019 and will continue until 14 March 2020. Catch the tour in Cambridge, Belfast, Edinburgh, Nottingham & London.