Diversify: overview

People from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and people from less affluent backgrounds are under-represented in the museum and gallery workforce.

The Museums Association's Diversify scheme made museum careers more accessible to people from these groups.

The Diversify scheme ended in 2011 but the resources on these pages should be of help to museums looking to create positive-action traineeships. And for an idea of how much impact Diversify made on museums, take a look at the results of the MA's 2012 research paper Diversify Destination Research.

The MA's final report on the scheme, Diversify: reflections and recommendations, was published in 2013 and outlines what still needs to be done to achieve a wider culture change across the sector.

Use the links and downloads below for a detailed explanation of how to run a successful positive-action traineeship.

Links and downloads

Diversify: reflections and recommendations, 2013 (pdf)

The impact of Diversify 1998-2011

Diversify Destination Research: impact of the Diversity scheme (pdf)

Diversify toolkit: guidance and advice for employers (pdf)

Report 2010: The ethnic diversity of the museum workforce (word)

Equalities legislation explained

A brief history of Diversify