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Equality in Progress: Disrupting the Sector

18th June, 2018 at 10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Developing an equalities-led blueprint for change in the Scottish Museum Sector

This work is timely and important. Evidence suggests that approaches to embedding authentic  inclusion, representation and access for marginalised identity-groups in mainstream museum governance, leadership, recruitment, programming, communications, audiences and visitors, and collections and interpretation are stuck.

As a museum rooted in equalities and the values of social justice we know that this project and its research is a much needed antidote to ‘equality and diversity lite’.  We mean business. We mean change. We mean a cognitive shift on the issues of structural inequality in the museum sector.  Inaction is no longer an option, and we invite museum practitioners at all levels, and all stages on the equality in progress journey to join us.

Equality in Progress: Disrupting the Sector –  Research Launch

On Monday 18th June we host the ‘Equality in Progress: Disrupting the Sector’ Research Launch sharing our analysis of experiences and approaches to equality in the Scottish museum sector.

The schedule for the day can be found here EiP Research Launch Schedule 15 June.

This event is aimed at cultural, museum and heritage workers at all levels, cultural equalities activists, academics, students and cultural policy makers. This event is free and ticketed (NB. Billing address will be requested during your ticket booking below but no card details will be asked for).

Lunch will be provided for free,  just specify your dietary requirements when booking.

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The Equality in Progress project is developing four innovative strands of research between January and June 2018:

  1. A large-scale ‘Approaches to Equality in the Museum Sector Survey’, alongside a capture of current research
  2. A literature review on systems of intersectional inequality in museums; a gathering of museum practitioners (with intersectional protected characteristics) experiences on working in the sector.
  3. Scoping methods of involving ‘Changemakers’ (community experts on inequality as experienced in relation to the museums and galleries sector) with the aim of unleashing social, cultural and economic benefits for individuals and cultural institutions
  4. Making explicit GWL’s participation framework, defining the effectiveness of our processes and documenting our organisational structure, governance and mechanisms and incorporating learning from European women’s museums.

During the project our engagements specifically sought expertise from intersectional communities of women and men (self-identifying inclusive) and non binary folk, people of colour, LGBTQI, disabled and working class people – who all find themselves (ourselves) marginalised by structural inequality – resulting in research and critical conversations with partners and collaborators towards a blueprint for activating change in equality, diversity and inclusion in the sector. 

Please contact Equality in Progress Coordinator, Rachel Thain-Gray with any questions , comments or chat rachel.thain-gray@womenslibrary.org.uk

We are proud to be funded by ESF and the Scottish Government.European Social Fund: Investing in a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Future (logo)


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18th June, 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267
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Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267