This page aims to provide links to sources of further reading to help individuals develop their knowledge. Included in this section are resources collated in response to Black Lives Matter.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list and the content of this web page is regularly reviewed so please check back for updates.
MDUK, in partnership with AIM, has worked with NoBarriers to deliver a programme to support museums in England and Wales to improve their understanding of Equity and Inclusion. The programme was developed to 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. The programme resources are available to everyone and can be found after the programme details.
Culture Reset is a practical rapid response programme to inspire more relevant and impactful cultural organisations and practices.
Born out of the devastating impact of Covid-19 and inspired by the urgent need to accelerate change and respond to the experiences of a broader diversity of people, it is providing expert support and dynamic stimulus for 192 arts and cultural producers, makers and directors across the UK.
The resources from this programme are continually growing and include:
Visit www.culturereset.org regularly for updates. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @CulturePeopleUK #CultureReset
National Museums Liverpool LGBT+ Collections can be viewed here where you will also find a series of toolkits, resources and further reading.
Stonewall is a charity which supports and campaigns for the rights of LGBT people. You can find a variety of information and resources on their website here including glossary of terms which can be accessed here.
Queer museums: hidden heritage on the rise? Read Myla Corvidae’s article which asks whether the sector is as committed to queer representation as it often claims.
Anti-racism and Decolonial Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture The Association for Art History has a new resource portal containing hundreds of references arranged along subject, themes and media in eight bibliographies. It provides access to materials on anti-racist, postcolonial and decolonising art histories and is meant for anyone conducting research in those areas in art history or in visual or spatial culture. Find out more.
EMBED’s podcasts on YouTube include How to be a proactive ally
Black Lives Matter
National Museums Liverpool have a dedicated web page sharing a series of books, podcasts, charities and social accounts to follow: https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/blm-resources
A list of resources from Museum Detox including links to People of Colour (POC) specific mental health and wellbeing resources can be found here: https://www.museumdetox.org/post/standing-in-solidarity-with-blm-transforming-support-into-actions
Beyond Statements, the partnership between Art Fund and Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation, aims to provide a platform to advance the conversation on structural racism by joining together voices to explore how museums can follow up on statements of support with tangible actions to address racial diversity, equity, and inclusive environments. The Beyond Statements series of conversations are now available to view on YouTube:
Films and Podcasts:
About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge, from the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further.
Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today. Listen to the podcast here (credit Inclusive Boards)
How ‘white fragility’ reinforces racism – video explainer, Robin DiAngelo’s bestselling book White Fragility has provoked an uncomfortable but vital conversation about what it means to be white. As protests organised by the Black Lives Matter movement continue around the world, she explains why white people should stop avoiding conversations about race because of their own discomfort, and how ‘white fragility’ plays a key role in upholding systemic racism. Watch the video here
How to build a racially diverse business, Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests explore the practical solutions to achieving racial equality at work and the potential benefits to the economy. Listen to the podcast here
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge
- Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
- ‘White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism’ by Robin DiAngelo
- ‘Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World’ by Layla F Saad
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington DC is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Their guide to talking about race can be found here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race
Race: The Power of an Illusion, an online companion to an award winning documentary series by California Newsreel discussing the origins, beliefs and consequences of what we call race: https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org/