Rachael Minott elected to MA board

Jonathan Knott, 01.03.2018
Artist, researcher and curator plans to challenge ideas of neutrality
Rachael Minott, research assistant at Birmingham Museums Trust, has been elected to the Museums Association (MA) board by the organisation’s members.

Minott will join the board from 1 April. In her election campaign statement, she called for “a concerted movement away from ideas of neutrality”.

“There is a tendency for museums to present themselves as anonymous bodies that hold knowledge and authority,” she wrote. “Instead, I believe we should present the truth: museums are made up of people who are passionate about preserving and sharing knowledge, and making history and art accessible to all.”

Minott said one of her key priorities was to “champion co-production and consultation as a necessary part of how heritage sites operate”.

She also stressed her belief that “people should be paid fairly for their contributions, including emotional, intellectual and administrative labour”.

And she said she wanted to “explore progressive routes from traineeships to directorships” and investigate why careers stagnate at entry-level positions, particularly for people who enter the sector through pro-diversity schemes.

Minott, who was born in Jamaica, recently worked on The Past is Now, a current exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery which explores the city’s relationship to the British Empire and challenges colonial narratives. She has previously carried out curatorial work with the London Transport Museum, Reading Museum and the Robert Sainsbury Library.

She also works as an artist and has taken part in the 4th Ghetto Biennale in Port au Prince, Haiti 2015 and the Jamaica Biennial 2017.

MA director Sharon Heal said: “I am delighted that we have had so much interest and so many candidates for our board elections this year. We are growing our membership and extending our reach and our board plays a critical role in enabling us to do this and make the best possible case for museums to a range of stakeholders. I look forward to welcoming Rachael to the board and working with her on a range of exciting projects that we have coming up over the next three years.
 
“I would also like to thank all the other candidates who took the time to stand for election – I am confident that we can find lots of different ways of working together and making the MA an even more connected and relevant organisation.”

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Anthony Morgan
Education Demonstrator, National Museums Liverpool
01.03.2018, 12:31
Congratulations on the appointment. The quote from the election statement says"..people who are passionate about preserving and sharing knowledge, and making history and art accessible to all.” Have scientists and engineers been forgotten again? Other museum disciplines are available, and contribute to accessibility.
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