Decolonising the Database

Event Date:26 April 2021 3:00 pm — 26 April 2021 4:30pm

(Live online event via MS Teams), Free and Open to All

This free session provides an opportunity to hear from researchers and practitioners working ‘against the grain’ of the colonial and imperial knowledge frameworks embedded in museum documentation systems to develop more reflexive, multivocal and relational accounts. Through a series of short presentations and panel discussion, speakers will discuss their current practice/research, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities encountered.

Mike Jones observes that “Recent decades have seen significant moves away from the idea of the authoritative institution toward relational museums and the co-creation of knowledge. But the structure and content of much museum documentation continues to lag behind contemporary attitudes” (2019: 884).

This observation holds true of the UK museum sector where drives to ‘diversify’ and ‘decolonise’ museum practice are only just beginning to be reflected in the core work of museum cataloguing.

Speakers include:

Kathleen Lawther (freelance curator and collections consultant)

Hannah Turner (Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia School of Information)

Kajal Meghani (freelance curator and doctoral researcher at the University of Brighton)

Ananda Rutherford (Research Associate, Provisional Semantics, Tate).

Anjalie Dalal-Clayton (Research Fellow, Decolonising Arts Institute, UAL) will open the event.


This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP by 5pm Friday 23 April to book a place and to receive the event link.

Further info will be posted on the event page in due course:

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