This page contains resources that give examples, advice, and ask questions of decolonial practice in museums and galleries in Scotland, UK, and internationally.
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Museum Projects And Exhibitions
A selection of projects in partnership or led by museums in Scotland, UK, and internationally that look at decolonial and anti-racist practice in museums.
Legacies of Slavery in Glasgow Museums and Collections is a site that examines objects and documents in Glasgow Museums’ collection that relate to slavery and Glasgow's links with it.
Facing Our Past is a new project by the National Trust for Scotland to address the legacies of slavery. The project has begun with a review of their buildings and monuments.
The Empire Museum is a Scottish digital platform for understanding and learning about empire, slavery, colonialism and migration.
Reframed- Conversations about Heritage and Inclusion at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Events that reframe the College’s heritage collections in new ways to address issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Transnational Scotland: Reconnecting Heritage Stories through Museum Object Collections explores the transnational history of Scotland through the objects of its historical global trades in cotton, jute, sugar, and herring.
The SSAP Youth Leadership Network work with Amgueddfa Cymru as part of the Hands on Heritage initiative. In 2020 they hosted a discussion on the issue of statues and paintings that relate to British colonial history, particularly those of Thomas Picton in Wales. The discussion included practical ways to move forward and is documented on Amgueddfa Cymru's website.
In 'Displays of Power: A Natural History of Empire' The Grant Museum explores how its collection foregrounds the legacy of empire.
Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties now in the Care of the National Trust, Including Links with Historic Slavery
Guides And Examples
Top 10 tips to start decolonising your practice - Tehmina Goskar, Director, Curatorial Research Centre
Black Lives Matter Charter For the UK heritage sector - Culture& state actions for arts and heritage sectors to make clear their position on Black Lives Matter by committing to make changes in order to decolonise their relationship with the UK Black community and their workforce, collections and programmes.
MGS Knowledge Exchange: Decolonisation Workshop
MGS Knowledge Exchange: Representing the Underrepresented
MGS Knowledge Exchange: Curating Public Unrest
Radical Hope events and webinars at the Pitt Rivers Museum - Led by researchers and global indigenous community partners from around the world who are involved in unpicking colonial practices, the Radical Hope series includes topics such as the display of human remains, returns, equitable interpretation of cultures, inclusive curriculum and representation.
Social Media and Decolonising Scottish Heritage was a SHSMG event with Ourchives thatdiscussed how social media fits with decolonial practice in museums. The resource gives ten clear actions for museums to take on and offline.
Imperial War Museum’s free CPD films support teaching the experiences and legacy of the British Empire and conflict for secondary pupils.
A selection of recent discussions, articles, and thinking around decolonial and anti-racist practice in museums.
Curating Discomfort - Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort at The Hunterian.
Addressing The Legacies Of Empire And Slavery - Miles Greenwood, Curator of legacies of slavery and empire at Glasgow Museums.
Video Hub - Video content from the Museums Association exploring decolonial practice in museums. Hear from practitioners, changemakers and advocates of decolonisation in the heritage sector.
Let's Face It! Museums Need Antiracist Policies - Museum Hue
Culturally Responsive Museums Are Leading the Way - Museum Hue
Necrography: Death-Writing in the Colonial Museum- coordinated by Dan Hicks for the British Art Studies conversation series.
The colonial project of gender: Thinking through museums, creative representation and research imperatives by A/Prof Sandy O'Sullivan for ARCSHS.
‘We need to defend the freedom to research our histories in all their nuance’ Museum Association Q&A with Corinne Fowler discussing being on the front line of a political culture war.
Re-imagining Museums As Portals - yaa addae
Museums and Community Action: Decolonising the Curriculum is a series of recorded webinars hosted by University of St Andrews where international speakers discuss the agency of communities through the forum of the museum.