Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum - Museums Association

Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum

Tactics for change from our Transformers programme

Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum is our report hightlighting 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. 

It includes reflections from Transformers participants as well as our 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.