Participants and facilitators in MA Transformers: Diversify

Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum

Tactics for change from the MA Transformers Programme
Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum is a new report published by the Museums Association (MA). Born out of the MA Transformers: Diversify programme, Power and Privilege highlights the challenges to inclusion within the sector, while seeking to provide practical tools and insights on how to transform museums and make space for multiple perspectives. 

The report includes reflections from Transformers participants as well as MA staff and trustees. While many diversity and inclusion programmes in the sector focus on one protected characteristic from the Equalities Act 2010, the Transformers: Diversify cohort was made up of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Participants brought a wide range of lived experiences and perspectives to the programme, which we hope is reflected in the pages of the report. 

The language and ways of working around diversity have rapidly evolved since our last report on equality, diversity and inclusion, Valuing Diversity: The Case for Inclusive Museums, published in 2016. Power and Privilege captures some of the shifts that have taken place and offers guidance for people who want to work in a more inclusive way.

Exploring themes such as neurodiversity, allyship, language, and the power of small changes, the report aims to inspire, challenge and support individuals and organisations willing to make change happen. 

Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum

  1. Putting inclusion at the heart of our institutions – Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association
  2. The language of equality, diversity and inclusion – Rachael Minott, Trustee, Museums Association  
  3. Learning from the Transformers programme: using your privilege wisely – Jess Turtle, Co-Founder of the Museum of Homelessness 
  4. Go against the grain and be a change-maker – Joe Sullivan, London Partnerships Manager, Natural History Museum (formerly RAF Museum)  
  5. Harness the strength on an informal network – Dan Vo, Project Coordinator LGBTQ tours (volunteer), Victoria and Albert Museum  
  6. Pay attention to power – Mark Barrett, Volunteer, Norfolk Museums  
  7. Start with the right intentions – Quonya Huff, Commercial and Audience Development Manager, National Mining Museum Scotland 
  8. Make small but transformational changes – James Brandon, Diversity and Inclusion Manger, Tate  
  9. Make space – Sara Huws, Civic Engagement Officer, Cardiff University Library and Archives, and Co-founder, East End Women’s Museum  
  10. Believe in how museums can tackle societal issues – Arlene Bell, formerly Capital Programme Manager, National Museums Northern Ireland 
  11. Overcome hurdles to tell lesser known histories – Hajra Williams, Freelance (formerly Learning and Access Manager, Florence Nightingale Museum) 
  12. The dos and don’ts of inclusion – Mithila Ramagavigan, Sankofa Project Curator, National Museums Liverpool  
  13. Inclusion starter kit