Diversity Matters

Our Diversity Matters programme will encourage museums to embrace ACE’s Creative Case for Diversity and engage a more diverse range of visitors with the collections they hold, as well as support them with long standing issues about the diversity of their boards and workforce.

We will run an annual event which will showcase best practice in embedding board and workforce diversity, how to run programmes to target specific under-represented audiences, and how to deliver the final transformational change of a more diverse core visitor base regularly engaging with displays and collections.

Support will then be provided for museums to develop an equality action plan setting out the work they will do to make these changes. 11 museums over the 2018-21 period will benefit from a £1,000 grant with which they can implement one of the projects in their equality action plan – the priority for grants will be projects which engage diverse visitors with collections and displays, for instance a contemporary collecting project or co-produced exhibition. Where the grant fund does not stretch to cover all museums making an application, MDO support will be available to help museums identify other funding sources for proposed projects.

Diversity Matters Programme Briefing Session
Friday 15 June, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Museum of London Docklands

The London Museum Development (LMD)’s new Diversity Matters Programme will build on the national diversity and Creative Case for Diversity agenda. The programme will support London’s non-national museums to embrace and embed diversity practices to increase engagement with their collection and participation in their public programmes for visitors from all backgrounds and protected characteristics groups (i.e. through contemporary collecting practices, co-produced exhibitions, and targeted programming), as well support museums to diversify their workforce and board of trustees.

As part of the briefing sessions delegates will cover the following topics: definitions of diversity; the picture of diversity in London; areas of diversity practice including ACE’s Creative Case for Diversity; planning for diversity activities and initiatives; and developing an action plan. Alongside this information delegates will also be introduced to the new Diversity Matters Grants. As part of the programme we will be offering 4 museums grants of £1,000 to delegates of the Briefing Session. In Year One we will prioritise grants that enable museums to address how their museum could diversify its public programmes, events, exhibitions and collections to enable it to be more representative of its local community. For delegates that are unsuccessful in gaining these grants, LMD will be offering 1:1 meetings to signpost alternative sources of funding and provide tips, mentoring and feedback for museums writing bids to support this diversity work.

For further information about the workshop, please download the course outline (PDF 140kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online booking form to secure a place on this workshop.

Please note a member of the organisation must attend the whole briefing session to be eligible to apply for the £1,000 grant and further offer of support

London Museum Development needs your help – call for case studies around your diversity practice
London Museum Development are looking for case studies from London’s non-national museums to support its new Diversity Matters Programme. Together these case studies will help to create a picture of how London’s non-national museums respond and support the national diversity agenda, as well as increase opportunities for people from protected characteristic groups to engage with their collections and programmes. We are looking for museums who are willing to share their experience of developing responsive programmes, exhibitions, collections, audience initiatives, workforce and trustee boards to showcase how their organisation has become more diverse and more representative of their respective local community. In particular we are looking for case studies examples around the following four key areas of diversity practice:

  • How your museum has diversified its public programmes, events, exhibitions and collections to ensure it is more responsive to its respective local community.
  • How your museum has reached more diverse audiences and its audience is more representative of its respective local community.
  • How your museum has developed a more diverse board of trustees that is more representative of its respective local community.
  • How your museum has recruited and retained a diverse workforce which is more representative of its respective local community.

We know that there is excellent work happening in our region, so help us to shout about it! It’s a great way to advocate for your fantastic work (both internally and externally) and help inspire others to become more diverse too. We will be collating the Case Studies to celebrate good diversity practice in the sector and sharing these on the website. You can download the Case Study Form here (PDF 161kb, opens in new tab). If you have any questions please contact [email protected] for more information. Deadline for completing the Case Study form is: 5pm Monday 16 July 2018. Please email your completed form along with any pictures to Rachael Crofts, Museum Development Officer Audiences: [email protected].