Tender opportunity: Communicating Decolonisation - Museums Association

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Tender opportunity: Communicating Decolonisation

Tender for developing and supporting the communication of decolonising work in museums and heritage organisations
  • Organisation: Museums Association
  • Closing date: 28.01.2022

Job description

The Museums Association (MA)

The MA is a campaigning membership organisation representing museums and galleries in the UK and the people who work in and with them. The MA has over 10,000 individual members and 1,500 institutional members ranging from the largest government-funded national museums to small volunteer-run charitable trusts.

The MA is a charity and receives no regular government funding; it seeks to inform, represent and develop museums and the people who work in and with them in order that they can provide a better service to society and the public.


Decolonisation is not simply the relocation of a statue or an object; it is a long-term process that seeks to recognise the integral role of empire in museums – from their creation to the present day. Decolonisation requires a reappraisal of our institutions and their history and an effort to address colonial structures and approaches to all areas of museum work.”

In November 2021 the MA published Supporting Decolonisation in Museums guidance for museums and heritage sites on behalf of the Decolonisation Guidance Working Group. One of the themes that the guidance identifies is the need to manage the communication of this work.

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, which is run by the MA, provides funding to museums to connect collections to communities and has recently provided funding to museums and heritage sites to undertake projects that seek to better understand the connection between collections and the impact and legacy of empire and slavery.

The Communicating Decolonisation project

As a result of decolonising work, some museums and heritage sites have faced negative publicity. This project presents an opportunity to provide research and support for the public communication of decolonisation work in museums and heritage sites.

The Communicating Decolonisation project will work with an institution undergoing an examination of collections and links to empire to develop and deliver a robust communication plan. It will also explore and draw on learning from a wider group of museums and use this experience to produce a Decolonisation Communication and Language resource to support museums undertaking decolonising work.

We anticipate this work will take 18 days at a day rate of £350, however we are open to proposals that offer a different methodology to complete the deliverables within a budget of £6,300 (inclusive of VAT where appropriate).

Project timetable
  • Deadline for submissions of quotes: 28 January 2022
  • Possible interviews: 9 February 2022
  • Kick-off meeting: w/c 28 February 2022
  • Completion of Stage 1: By end March 2022
  • Completion of Stage 2: By end April 2022
How to apply

Please contact Sarah Briggs (sarah@museumsmassociation.org) or Sally Colvin (sally@museumsassociation.org) at the MA for further details and information about how to apply.