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Diversifying The Workforce

Introduction

This page contains resources that look at anti-racist recruitment, training, and programmes for diversifying the museum and gallery workforce. We'll be adding further to this section and welcome suggestions of resources and examples of good practice to essm@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk.

Training, Resources and Programmes

Connect with local Regional Equalities Councils and equality groups and communities for both recruitment and training.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Scottish Heritage is an AHRC-funded partnership project embedding better working and engagement practices and policies across the Scottish heritage sector.

The Make Your Mark campaign aims to increase the number and diversity of heritage volunteers in Scotland. They hold regular events on addressing inequality in heritage volunteering and their website has a useful resource section on inclusive volunteering.

The CIPD develops practical content to help people professionals tackle racism and racial discrimination in the workplace. It includes guides for engaging with leaders on anti-racism strategy and talking about race in the workplace.

Intercultural Youth Scotland run cultural proficiency training.

The Citizen Curators programme is a work-based curatorial training course for volunteers. It is a collaboration collaboration between Cornwall Museums Partnership, Curatorial Research Centre, and seven Cornish museums. 

Recruitment

The minority ethnic recruitment toolkit from Scottish Government supports employers in recruiting from minority ethnic communities.

Fair Museum Jobs have created checklists for the recruitment of paid roles, and recruitment of volunteers to help everyone benchmark their work and spot potential areas to improve.

Healing

The following networks work to support and represent a diverse workforce:

Museum Detox- a network for people of colour who work in museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and the heritage sector.  Museum Detox champions fair representation and the inclusion of cultural, intellectual, and creative contributions from POCs. They challenge and work to deconstruct systems of inequality that exist to enable a sector where the workforce and audience is reflective of the UK’s 21st century population.

Museum Hue- Museum Hue is the leading organization dedicated to advancing Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color in the cultural field. It has over 150 institutional members, representing cultural and academic institutions across the United States.

Museum As Muck- A supportive network of working class museum people making change in the sector.

This blog from Museum Detox looks at how to be a good ally through transforming words into actions.