Decolonisation: Moving Towards a More Holistic Perspective and Relational Approach - Museums Association

Decolonisation: Moving Towards a More Holistic Perspective and Relational Approach

19 January 2021, 0830 to 0930 UK GMT (Greenwich Meantime)
Online, Zoom

In the past, the decolonisation debate within museums was dominated by questions of restitution of artefacts to countries of origin. However, as the conversation has expanded to consider how museums reflect the voices and experiences of a diverse range of audiences and communities, approaches have become less transactional.

This session will explore the process of decolonisation through relationship-building between countries, institutions, communities and people far and near.

Join the British Council in partnership with ICOM UK and the Museums Association for the latest session in a series of live online conversations for leading museum and gallery professionals in the UK and around the world, helping you to connect and share your experiences in the current context of Covid-19.

This session is free for museum and gallery professionals and will be one hour long.


This session will be hosted by Tonya Nelson, Director, London, Arts Council England, who will be in conversation with:

  • Miranda Lowe, Principal Curator, Natural History Museum; Co-Founder, Museum Detox
  • Rachael Minott, Inclusion and Change Manager, National Archives
  • Professor Shahid Vawda, Archie Mafeje Chair in Critical Humanities and Decoloniality Director of School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town
  • Peter White, Senior Manager, Aboriginal Strategy and Engagement at Create NSW


This discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A with questions submitted in advance. Please email your questions for the panel to by 15 January.


This session will have Closed Captioning and a British Sign Language interpreter.

The session will also be recorded and a full transcript available following the event on the British Council’s website.

  • Live captioning/Claire Hill, speech-to-text reporter
  • British Sign Language/Catherine King, interpreter (BSL/English)

Please contact if you have any access requirements or other queries.

Event details

Date 19 January 2021
Time 0830 to 0930 UK GMT (Greenwich Meantime)
Location Online