Approaches to Equality – Scottish Museum Sector Survey

This survey has now closed, but you can read about our methodology below, or find out about the Equality in Progress Project here.

To help us campaign for equality, representation and access for all in museums, we need your help! Let us know your experiences as a worker in the museum sector, through our survey: it should take no longer than 10-12 minutes. Thank you – please do pass it on to any colleagues or friends who you believe could contribute.


To encourage frank and honest feedback all data is confidential and none of the responses you provide will be attributed to you or your organisation.

The survey questions will be analysed as individual protected characteristics, race, gender, socio-economic deprivation (the postcode area), religion etc. The information will not form a picture of one person i.e. Person 1 is x religion and lives in x postcode area and is x sexuality.


This survey is designed to gather equality, diversity and inclusion data from those involved in Scottish museums. The aim of this survey is to analyse your organisation’s approach to embedding equality with the purpose of increasing access, representation and inclusion at all levels.

This survey will enable us to produce a snapshot of approaches to embedding equality in all areas of our organisations in the Scottish museum sector. The survey will run from February to March 2018.

The intention of this work is to support adherence with Equality Legislation under the Public Sector Equality Duty, and ultimately to reduce discrimination and increase inclusion for people with protected characteristics in employment and participation in culture, art and heritage.

The survey is directed towards a broad definition of the museum workforce that encompasses paid staff, freelance workers and volunteers.

The survey is being distributed through the social media networks and email lists of the project steering group and consultation participants. Respondents are encouraged to ‘snowball’ the survey and share it widely both within and external to your organisations.

How the survey information will be used

The information gathered will be used to increase awareness of approaches to equality and to inform a blueprint for change in the sector. Information gathered will be shared at our conference – Equality in Progress: Disrupting the Sector on 18 June 2018 and in a public report.

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