MuseumWIDE

MuseumWIDE is a new training and grants programme that will help museums in the south east on their journey to be more Welcoming, Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable. 

We are working with Isilda Almeida – a specialist consultant in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) – to develop a new scheme of work that helps museums embed and develop EDI across their workforce, governance, programming, and collections.

In July 2021, we delivered two introductory training events providing an overview of the business case for Equity, Diversity and Inclusive practice, and the history of museums and how social and economic aspects have shaped interpretation.

You can view both recorded sessions on our [YouTube channel]. Simply select the one you want to watch below.


How to get involved in MuseumWIDE

We are now recruiting a cohort of 10 museums who want to take their Equity and Inclusion agenda forward.  The cohort will have access to a wide range of online training sessions and 1-2-1 support from Isilda.

Whether you are looking to align more with Arts Council England’s Let’s Create strategy, looking to build EDI into a larger funding application or simply feel it’s time to practice what you preach then this is a fantastic opportunity to get ahead of the game.

Museums will start by completing a new, ground-breaking self-assessment developed by Isilda for MuseumWIDE. The self-assessment will enable the museums to evaluate their current EDI position, determine their aspirations for the future, and make plans to meet their goals.

MuseumWIDE training starts on the 18 November 2021. Sessions take place every Thursday at 10.30am and will be a combination of recorded sessions, online live sessions on Zoom and online Coffee Chats.

Once the museums have completed the self-assessment and attended the training, they will be eligible for a small grant to action the learning they gain from MuseumWIDE to ultimately assist them to become more equitable and inclusive in the long term.


Consultant Profile

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My name is Isilda Almeida, and I am a passionate advocate for Cultural Inclusion. I have worked in the heritage and cultural sectors for nearly 20 years and am currently working as an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Consultant. I am also a PhD student researching the use of drone technology for engaging audiences with heritage experiences, objects and sites at the University of Brighton.

I believe in the power of museums and cultural institutions to inspire, foster belonging, promote economic growth and stronger communities. This can only happen if these organisations are inclusive and champion diversity in all they do. I have developed this programme with the aim to support museums to achieve this.

I hope that, because of taking part in this programme, organisations will experience tangible organisational change visible through the creation and implementation of an Equity Action Plan.


MuseumWIDE: Itinerary

There will be a total of 6 live online (ZOOM) group training sessions delivered as part of the MuseumWIDE project, as well as 4 recorded sessions for participants to watch and return to at their convenience. We are also planning regular online coffee morning sessions, providing a relaxed space for participants to discuss their ongoing work, the live online and recorded content and speak with our specialist consultants.

Our specialist consultant will also be providing 1-2-1 sessions (ZOOM) with each participant museum to discuss their EDI self-assessment and Action Plan and next steps. You will be allocated dates for these upon confirmation of your successful application to the MuseumWIDE project.

You can download an accessible easy read itinerary for the project below.

MuseumWIDE Itinerary


Applying to MuseumWIDE

Applications to join MuseumWIDE opens on 15 September 2021 and closes on 29 October 2021.

This project is open to museums in the south east of England that are Accredited or formally Working Towards Accreditation.

If space allows, we will consider applications from non-Accredited museums, nationals and NPOs (national portfolio organisations).


How to Apply?

Submit an online expression of interest form before 29 October 2021.

To help you prepare your answers for the Expression of Interest, see below for a list of the questions on the form:

  • Museum name and postcode
  • Lead contact name, email, phone, job title
  • Museum Accreditation status (Accredited, formally Working Towards Accreditation, not Accredited)
  • Does your museum have an Equality Action Plan (EAP)? If so, when was it last updated?
  • Which areas of work with regards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion have you identified as needing improvement?
  • What do you hope to get out of taking part in this project?
  • Do you need some assistance to take part?
  • Participants are expected to take part in each stage of the project. Please review the ‘About the project’ section to ensure you have the capacity to commit to the project in full.   If capacity is a concern, consider sharing the commitment with other colleagues.
  • Contact details of the two members of your team who are taking part in the project.

You can download a large print, accessible version of the Expression of Interest Form below.

SEMD-Expression of Interest (large print) -MuseumWIDE

Please do contact us at office@southeastmuseums.org if you need assistance in completing your application.

We’ll be in touch with applicants within two weeks of submission to confirm their participation.

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