This page aims to provide links to support for individuals and includes information about membership organisations and networks.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list and the content of this web page is regularly reviewed so please check back for updates.
Museum Detox is a network for people of colour (POC) who work in museums, galleries, libraries, archives and the heritage sector.
‘Museum Detox champions fair representation and the inclusion of cultural, intellectual, and creative contributions from POCs. We challenge and work to deconstruct systems of inequality that exist to enable a sector where the workforce and audience is reflective of the UK’s 21st century population.’
Queer Heritage and Collections Network
Art Fund has provided a grant to establish a UK-wide Queer Heritage and Collections Network to provide training, networking and peer support to people working with LGBTQ+ collections and histories. The network is a partnership between the National Trust; English Heritage; Historic England; Historic Royal Palaces; and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester.
The network plans to consult with the sector to identify what support it can offer, and develop a programme of activities in response with an emphasis on regional needs. It will be free to join and is open to practitioners working on LGBTQ+ heritage and collections. Museums that want to be involved in the network can email Dan Vo firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him on Twitter @DanNouveau. For more information visit https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/27052020-queer-heritage-and-collections-network-launched
#WeShallNotBeRemoved is a UK disability arts alliance formed as an emergency response to the pandemic. Membership is free, open to all individual D/deaf, neurodiverse and disabled creative practitioners and disability/inclusive focused organisations operating in the UK’s creative industries with over 400 members. Visit their website here for more information and to join.
Curating for Change (CfC) Museums Strategic Disability Network
Curating for Change exists to create strong career pathways for d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse curators, currently seriously under-represented in museums. Its Trainees and Fellows will produce exhibitions, events and blogs, exploring disabled people’s histories – while gaining skills for careers in the sector.
Museum as Muck
Museum as Muck was founded in 2018 as a response to the lack of working class people in the museums sector. The informal community sector support organisation now has over 800 members and provides solidarity and support for working class museum professionals across the UK, advocating for change in the sector, undertaking research and organising events where muckers can connect. Anyone who identifies as working class and works in the museum or heritage sector can join Museum as Muck. Membership is free.
Health and Wellbeing
Black Minds Matter UK
Black Minds Matter UK supports and illuminates mental health topics for all black people in the UK and seeks to enable black people to gain access to specialised help by connecting black individuals and families with professional mental health services across the U.K.
Visit their website here
The Black, African and Asian Network (BAATN)
The UK’s largest independent organisation specialising in working psychologically, informed by an understanding of intersectionality, with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean. BAATN’s primary focus and area of expertise is supporting people from these heritages. However, they are open to other People of Colour who are affected by prejudice due to the colour of their skin.
Visit their website here
Thanks to Museum Detox for collating and sharing these resources.
Stonewall have published links to a variety of support for the LGBTQ+ community which you can view here