Story of Bolton mosques unveiled 

17/09/09

A photographic montage depicting life through the eyes of young Muslim women will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition at Bolton Museum.

The Bolton Council of Mosques (BCoM) exhibition opens on Friday, September 18 and features contributions from members of a female youth group representing what they think about mosques in Bolton.

The exhibition will also feature interviews with elders in the community, a brief history on the first mosques in Bolton and objects that will help visitors learn more about Islam, mosques and Muslims

Bolton Council of Mosques is an organisation which represents approximately 20,000 Muslims. It supports the 20 mosques in Bolton, the people that use them and the people who want to learn more about them.

The organisation is involved with a number of projects including raising funds for those in need and at times of crisis, drugs prevention work, a young person’s pilgrimage package, advocacy and advisory projects, first aid courses, a community newsletter, burial facilities and mentoring.

Bolton Museum and Archive Service has been working in partnership with Bolton Council of Mosques for more than a year on various community development projects and has supported them in creating this exhibition, giving advice on design and content when necessary.

This exhibition aims to introduce mosques, and what happens inside them, to museum visitors.

Executive Member for Adult Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive is home to a diverse range of exhibitions that would appeal to all interests and we hope that the BCoM display will educate and entertain a wide audience. The start of the exhibition coincides with Eid celebrations so I hope members of the Muslim community will also come out and support BCoM’s hard work.”

The exhibition is free and runs until Saturday, October 31 and will be available in English, Arabic, Gujarati and Urdu.

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