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30 August, 2005

Living in a multi-faith society

A group of young Londoners, representing eight world faiths, are working with curators to create a trail around The British Museum on the theme of living in a multi-faith community.

Participants will select objects in the museum that reflect on their own lives and identities. They will write interpretations of the objects, linking them to 21st century society.

The trail will be created by a team of twenty young people, from 15th-19th August. It aims to give visitors an insight into how young Londoners view their multi-faith city.

Through learning about the past and working together, the young participants will think about how people of all religions can live together in respect and understanding. They will think about the ways in which religions have spread and influenced each other throughout world history and how this relates to Britain today.

The trail is part of the Diversity and Dialogue project, led by Save the Children with a number of faith-based and secular organisations in the UK.

Ayesha Ghanchi of the British Museum said:

“The British Museum is delighted to be involved in this project. The objects in the Museum's extensive collection tell many different stories and in many cases are physical manifestations of the multi-faith society in which we live. The trail will enable visitors to think more deeply about the history of world faiths and their interactions over the centuries"

To speak to the organisers of the project, or some of the young people involved, please call the Save the Children Media unit on the number below.

The faith trail will be launched at a multi-faith conference for young people on October 2nd. For a preview of the trail, or for more information about the conference, please contact Save the Children.

The organisations working together on the Diversity and Dialogue project are Save the Children, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Citizenship Foundation, Islamic Relief, Jewish Council for Racial Equality, Muslim Aid, Oxfam and World Jewish Aid.

Further information

To find out more please email:

Notes for editors:

For more information please contact:

Save the Children's Media Unit

Office hours 020 7012 6841

Out of office hours 07831 650 409

Email address: press@savethechildren.org.uk

The British Museum Hannah Boulton 020 7323 8522

Email address hboulton@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

• The project and conference will take place at The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Nearest tubes are Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, Goodge St.

• We are working in partnership with the British Museum on the creation of the faith trail and the multi-faith conference for young people.

• The young people participating in the creation of the faith trail have been recruited from schools, youth and faith groups from across London.

• The eight major world religions are: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism.

• Save the Children fights for children in the UK and around the World who suffer from

poverty, disease, injustice and violence. Working with them to find lifelong answers to the problems they face.

• For more information about Save the Children, please visit the website: www.savethechildren.org.uk

• For more information about The British Museum, please visit the website: www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Registered Office: Save the Children UK, 1 St. John's Lane, London, EC1M 4AR. A company registered in London no. 178159 and limited by guarantee, Registered charity no. 213890,VAT registered no. 239 5393 33. Patron: Her Majesty the Queen, President: Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Director General: Mike Aaronson, Save the Children is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance.

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