Equity and Inclusion for Museums

Opening conversations and laying the foundations for equity and inclusion at your museum

Museum Development UK (MDUK) working in partnership with NoBarriers and AIM are delivering a programme that aims to support museums in England and Wales to improve their understanding of Equity and Inclusion. The programme will increase participants’ knowledge and skills around the Equity and Inclusion-related issues being faced by people working and volunteering in museums, their communities and audiences. It will support you in having conversations at your museum and in laying strong foundations for taking action.

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Who should attend?

This programme has been designed for managers, trustees and decision makers working in museums, galleries and heritage sites who are:

  • Keen to prioritise improving equity and inclusion at their organisation.
  • Committed to reviewing their work around Equity and Inclusion.
  • Open to new ways of working.
  • Wanting to embed inclusive practice into all areas of their work.
  • Able to dedicate time and staff resources to ensure they can benefit from the programme fully.

Your museum must be based in one of the following areas: East of England, East Midlands, North East, North West, West Midlands, Wales.

Priority will be given to non NPO museums who are Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation.


This programme requires a minimum commitment of one day every two weeks from November 2021 to March 2022, split between attending sessions, further reading and discussions with teams.  Organisations must be keen to prioritise improving their organisation’s equity and inclusion, commit to attending all sessions and to leading conversations with colleagues in their organisations.

Session Details

All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom and participating museums will be split into two cohorts. Read the latest programme information on MDUK’s site here>>

About NoBarriers

NoBarriers delivers tailored approaches to increasing inclusive and equitable practice in the cultural sector, including training, advice, strategic planning, service review and community engagement.

Isilda Almeida, founder of NoBarriers, works as an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant in the culture sector and brings with her over 20 years’ experience of the UK heritage sector.

Isilda will be supported by Maurice Davies, who brings nearly 40 years of experience in UK museums and galleries as a policymaker, leader and curator. He has championed equity and inclusion since the 1990s when he was editor of Museums Journal. He has advised organisations such as the Greater London Authority, the National Museum Directors Council and the National Trust on aspects of heritage and race. Most recently he has helped Museum Detox with an organisational review and, with Isilda, delivered training on museums and decolonisation.

Between them, Isilda and Maurice bring knowledge, professional and lived-experience current approaches to Equity and Inclusion, contextualised by historical and political events that have shaped how museums got to where they are.

How to apply

After reviewing your availability to take part, please contact your Museum Development Officer to discuss further before completing the Expression of Interest (EOI). Click here to download the EOI form>>

The deadline for submitting completed EOIs is 5pm, Thursday 21 October 2021.

Click here to read this page in Welsh>>

Click here to read the latest programme information on MDUK’s site>>

10/09/2021 in Leadership & Culture EOI form for Equity and inclusion for museums

EOI form for Equity and inclusion for museums programme to be returned to your local Museum Development team