Culture Change

The Culture Change report sets out the ways in which museums can continue to reinvigorate and diversify the workforce, even when faced with shrinking resources
Over the past 15 years, museums have embraced diversity and equality, and actively tried to give everyone who wants it the opportunity to make a contribution to their work.

Now that museums are facing difficult times, the temptation may be to retreat to conventional ways of doing things. But embedding greater diversity in your working practices may help your museum survive and even prosper through the difficult times ahead.

The Museums Association’s Culture Change, Dynamism and Diversity report sets out the ways in which museums can continue to reinvigorate and diversify the workforce, even when faced with shrinking resources.

Written by Maurice Davies and Helen Wilkinson, the report draws on the Museums Association’s Smarter Museums programme, which has worked with 10 museums to help them introduce more inclusive working practices and have a less hierarchical organisational culture that is more open to diversity.

It also utilises learning from the Museums Association’s Support & Challenge Programme, which helped Renaissance hub museums take forward their workforce diversification plans and embed workforce diversity.

Between them, the programmes offer good examples of how to use people working for you differently and of how to get different types of people working for you.

Links and downloads

Culture Change, Dynamism and Diversity report (pdf)

Museum Practice: building a stronger workforce

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