AN OXFORD school has launched a project to work with students and families of African heritage from its community to explore its collection of African artefacts.

The Rumble Museum at Cheney School received a gift of a beautiful and wide-ranging collection of items from countries such as Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Gambia and Kenya.

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The items include a decorated African doorframe, an embuutu drum, an agaseke basket, a quiver, and many other items.

Natty Mark Samuels, founder of the African School in Oxford, is working with the Rumble Museum to run workshops with groups of students of African heritage, where he introduces different countries in Africa, and some of the many languages spoken in those countries, before looking at some of the items.

In each case, Mr Samuels has composed a poem about the objects, which gives information about how each object was used, in traditional style.

The school will be holding an event on July 16 to display the collection of artefacts and is inviting anyone from the wider community to share their stories and knowledge to help it understand and interpret these objects within their cultural and historical context.

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Visitors do not need to have an object or story to share If anyone is planning to visit with a particular story they want to share or object they want to show, email

The Rumble Museum is a unique partnership between educational charity The Iris Project and Cheney School.

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