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.
- The Business Case for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, 26 July 2-4pm. [Watch the recorded session].
- Changing Perceptions of the Roles of Museums in Interpreting History, 30 July 2-4pm. [Watch the recorded session].
How to get involved in MuseumWIDE
We have now successfully recruited a cohort of 11 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.
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.
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.
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.
There will be a total of 6 live online (ZOOM) group training sessions delivered as part of the MuseumWIDE project, as well as 5 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.