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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Scottish Heritage

AHRC-funded partnership project embedding better working and engagement practices and policies across the Scottish heritage sector

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Scottish Heritage

This year-long project will deliver a collaborative programme of engagement with Scottish heritage organisations around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The project is designed to create capacity to address EDI issues (with a special focus on race) in some of Scotland’s largest and most influential heritage organisations, through working with closely networked partners from within the sector.

Partners on this project include:

The project work will centre on 3 strands: 

Strand One 

Involves using the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Museum Galleries Scotland’s extensive networks to facilitate a large survey of heritage professionals about EDI awareness and challenges, to identify specific gaps in knowledge and practice to address in Strand 3. This information will also feed into Empire, Slavery & Scotland's Museums.

Strand Two 

Focuses on delivering two pilot case studies which will recruit 4 work placements each. These pilots are designed to generate impact through creating templates for future EDI-focused placements run by heritage organisations and will be run by Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and museums across Scotland. The placements will run in the autumn of 2021 and will be remunerated through a bursary administered by MGS.  

Strand Three

Focuses on dissemination, including the development of a suite of resources (toolkit) for BAME-focused community heritage projects, which will be shared on the MGS website.

By working with the heritage sector to map challenges, build links with diverse communities, and involve young people (and potential future employees), directly with decision-making mechanisms, the project will work to address inequalities by embedding better working and engagement practices and policies across the heritage sector in Scotland.


Reframed: A history of the first South Asian Licentiates


The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) are holding a series of online events re-examining their collection history. This first video features Taweel Ali, who is the one of the EDISH placements in this project. 


For further information or support, please contact:

Dr Devon McHugh, Senior Partnerships Manager