Decolonising Practice - Museums Association

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Decolonising Practice

Introducing our Decolonisation Working Group

In 2019 we established a Decolonisation Guidance Working Group to produce guidance for the sector on how to bring decolonial practice into all areas of museum practice in the UK.

The group was established as a sub-group of our Ethics Committee following the publication of our Empowering Collections report, which recognised the lack of support and guidance for museums undertaking work to decolonise their collections and practice and recommended further action to bridge the gap between theory and practice in this area.

The group drafted and published our Supporting Decolonisation in Museums guidance which:

  1. Helps museums to recognise the rationale for decolonising their practice relating to collections, interpretation, learning and engagement, audience development, programming, communications and workforce
  2. Supports museums to understand decolonising practice
  3. Provides practical advice to museums that want to take action to decolonise their practices
Decolonisation Guidance Working Group Members
Rachael Minott
Chair of Decolonisation Guidance Working Group
Tehmina Goskar
Director, Curatorial Research Centre and MA Ethics Committee member
Neil Curtis
Head of Museums and Special Collections, University of Aberdeen and MA Ethics Committee member
Miranda Lowe
Principal Curator, Natural History Museum
Sadiah Qureshi
Senior Lecturer in Modern History, Birmingham University
Liam Wiseman
Relationship Manager, Arts Council England
Navjot Mangat
Senior Interpretation and Participation Producer, V&A Museum
Laura van Broekhoven
Director, Pitt Rivers Museum
Helen Mears
Inclusive Collections Officer, Wellcome Collection
Dianna Djokey
Communities Curator, John Hansard Gallery
Sharon Heal
Director, Museums Association
Antonia Canal
Policy and Campaigns Officer, Museums Association (former member of staff)
Alistair Brown
Policy Manager, Museums Association (former member of staff)