All Inclusive: Championing Diversity in Museums **SOLD OUT**

24 January 2018, Thinktank, Birmingham
Museums Association MP Seminar

An interactive day addressing the essential issue of how museums can diversify their audiences and workforce.

Through a series of talks, discussion, debate and exchange, this event explores how museums can become truly inclusive spaces and representational platforms, and champion equality at every level.

This event is for anyone that is working towards diversity and inclusion at a museum or relevant organisation and wants to:

  • understand the various cases for a diverse approach
  • challenge convention in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion in museums, including broadening out the perceived meaning of these terms
  • embrace more inclusive working practices
  • find out how other organisations have promoted a more diverse culture
  • develop strategies for addressing issues such as unconscious bias, recruitment and retention, and power dynamics
  • discuss how diversity can move from the margins to mainstream museum practice, and how we can create allies for diversity across the sector.
The programme for this event is created with the support of a steering committee of advocates for diversity, inclusion and equality, and an open call for papers.


Anisa Haghdadi

Chief Executive Officer, Beatfreeks 
Anisa Haghdadi is an award-winning social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Beatfreeks
She shares the principles behind Beatfreek’s approach to inclusion, and how this is shaping a new project to decolonise heritage sites.

Samar Ziadat
Co-founder & Editor, dardishi
Samar Ziadat is an art historian, curator, and activist. She also co-founded dardishi, an online platform that showcases the work of Arab women artists and writers.
She discusses what we mean when we talk about diversity, and explore how we can enact radical political change in our institutions and our communities.

James Brandon, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Tate
James Brandon is a community-focussed diversity and inclusion professional with a background in award-winning engagement projects. His interest include mental wellbeing and unconscious bias. He delivers a workshop on unconscious bias, providing delegates with solutions and shared experience of building the business case for unconscious bias as part of a whole-organisation approach. 

Mel Larsen, Marketing Consultant & Coach
Mel Larsen has worked for over 28 years in the arts, helping organisations to understand, attract and develop their audiences.
She leads a panel discussion sharing the findings from a national programme led by AIM, investigating diversifying museum visitors.

Rachael Minott

Research Assistant, Change Makers (Story Lab- Empires), Birmingham Museums Trust
Rachael Minott is a Jamaican-born artist, researcher and curator who champions self-authored histories and challenges the concept of neutrality in public spaces.
She and two co-curators, Sumaya Kassim and Abeera Kamran, discuss the challenges and lessons of a project to decolonise the collections at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Caroline Currie

Learning and Access Curator, Burrell Redevelopment, Glasgow Museums
Caroline Currie has championed diversity and access at the Burrell Collection redevelopment, which includes new ways of delivering tours. She jointly delivers a workshop exploring how any museum’s tour offer can meet the needs of different audiences and be more inclusive.

Dan Vo

Project Coordinator LGBTQ Tours, V&A Museums
Dan Vo is a volunteer ambassador at the V&A and founded the museum’s award-winning volunteer-led LGBTQ Tour in 2015.
He jointly delivers a workshop exploring how any museum’s tour offer can meet the needs of different audiences and be more inclusive.

Charlotte Holmes, Community Engagement Officer, Collecting Birmingham, ‎Birmingham Museums Trust
Charlotte Holmes delivers community engagement and consultation activities for the Collecting Birmingham project.
Charlotte chairs the conference.

Sacha Coward,
Community Participation Producer, ‎Royal Museums Greenwich
Sacha Coward is a museum professional and works with local audiences. He also runs the @QueeringMuseums network and is part of the Museum Pride LDN working group.

Thanh Sinden
Strategic Audience Development Manager, ‎Culture Coventry Trust
Thanh Sinden wants museums to understand their values, withstand challenges to these values and be outstanding in equality, diversity and inclusion to promote justice and cultivate peace. She delivers provocations at the conference.

Anna Liesching

Curator of Art, National Museums Northern Ireland
Anna Liesching is interested in creating innovative collections access for diverse audiences and encouraging a greater sense of ownership of museums and their collections in communities. She delivers provocations at the conference.

Lauren Deere
Museum Manager, Thinktank
Lauren Deere looks after the operational and strategic leadership of Thinktank.
She shares a case study of the Science and Heritage Career Ladder, a work-based training programme for young people from Birmingham.

Victoria Ryves
Volunteer and Community Engagement Officer, Doncaster Heritage Services
Victoria Ryves has been developing engagement projects and education programmes for Museums since 2012. Most recently this work has included engagement projects with asylum seekers and refugees in Doncaster.
She shares a case study on working with refugees and asylum seekers.

Elliot Goodger
Heritage Interpreter, Birmingham Museums Trust
Elliot Goodger is an accessibility researcher from the Ironbridge Institute of Cultural Heritage. He shares findings from research on multisensory provisions in museums.

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This event is now sold out. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Lorraine O'Leary