Changing history: Diversifying the museum workforce

Thursday 25 November 2021

An online panel discussion bringing together young, diverse voices from across the museum sector to chat barriers to entry, pathways & more.


Over the past twenty years, museums across the UK have worked hard to ensure their collections are inclusive, relevant, and welcoming for all audiences with initiatives such as Kids in Museums and the brilliant advocacy work of the Museums Association and their Museums Change Lives campaign celebrating the vital role these institutions play.

But what about the people running the museums? The 2020 Inc Arts Hold On report revealed that only 2.7% of the museums, galleries and libraries workforce are from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. We want to know why that is and what can be done to change it.

Chaired by Catherine Ritman Smith, Head of Learning and Skills at V&A Museum of Childhood, this free online panel discussion will bring together diverse voices from across the sector who will share their own career journeys and experiences of working in museums and heritage. We’ll chat barriers to entry, different job roles and pathways, what it’s like working in a museum and explore the impact a diverse workforce could have on the representation of our cultural heritage.

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