EDI: Workforce and Leadership

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This page aims to provide links to resources to support organisations including articles and blogs, research, reports, and toolkits.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and the content of this web page is regularly reviewed so please check back for updates.

Useful websites

Workplace guidance for recruitment and retention of disabled talent and inclusive practice to museums and heritage from Disability Collaborative Network. View their website here.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) resources and guidance to help people professionals tackle racism and racial discrimination in the workplace can be found here.  These include:

  • Guides
  • FAQs
  • Podcasts
  • Reports
  • Webinars

Heritage Volunteering Group has compiled a list of online equality, diversity and inclusion resources.

Volunteer Scotland has top tips for Inclusive Volunteering

Mark Your Mark in Volunteering campaign aims to increase the number and diversity of heritage volunteers in Scotland. They’ve compiled a range of resources to help you create inclusive volunteering programmes. Make Your Mark – Heritage Volunteering for All

Articles and Blogs

Museum Detox Blog series can be found here.

Collaborative Leadership articles via Clore Leadership can be found here.

Bye-Bye, Heroic Leadership. Here Comes Shared Leadership, this post inquires into the leadership style that is best suited for promoting inclusive and continuous organisational change.  Read the blog post here.

Leading with Values articles via Clore Leadership can be found here.

How to manage for collective creativity, Harvard professor Linda Hill.  Watch the TED talk here

What is Leadership?, Dr Jon Warner.  Read the article here.

In the third Space Invaders podcast Building a Feminist Museum from Scratch  Mel Strauss catches up with Eastend Women’s Museum’s Rachel Crossley to talk feminism, leadership and making a museum from scratch. Listen to it here.

EMBED’s podcasts on YouTube include The workplace passport (this is a matured tool supporting workplace reasonable adjustments for everyone) and How Change can impact our personal well being. EMBED were also involved in two webinars for Rebuilding Heritage: Inclusivity at Work and Tools for Workplace Inclusion.

Guidance, Research and Reports

Trans-Inclusive Culture: Guidance on advancing trans inclusion for museums, galleries, archives and heritage organisations has been developed by University of Leicester’s Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) – working with a team of legal scholars and experts in inclusion, equality and ethics – has developed comprehensive guidance on advancing trans inclusion for museums, galleries, archives and heritage organisations. The guidance is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The guidance, intended primarily for anyone working with or in museums, galleries, archives and heritage, sets out an ethical framework to support cultural organisations to advance trans inclusion. It explains key components of UK law, as well as some of the limitations and complexities of the law. Download the Trans-Inclusive Culture Guidance.

Seven Principles to Ensure an Inclusive Recovery has been developed by We Shall Not Be Removed in partnership with Ramps on the Moon, Attitude is Everything, Paraorchestra, and What Next? to create a new guide for the arts and entertainment sectors to support disability inclusion.  Their Seven Inclusive Principles for Arts & Cultural Organisations working safely through Covid-19 is designed to complement the suite of guidance documents already issued by UK Governments and sector support organisations. Find out more.

Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum is a Museums Association (MA) report highlighting the challenges to inclusion within the sector, while seeking to provide practical tools and insights on how to transform museums and make space for multiple perspectives.  Download the full report here

Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector.  View the full report here.

Research Report Published on Inclusion and Diversity in Volunteering, Dr Helen Timbrell has undertaken a comparative study of the experiences of People of Colour (POC) and White volunteers in four organisations: English Heritage, Citizens Advice, Macmillan and Team London.  The research explores the experiences of volunteers through one to one interviews.  The report titled “What the bloody hell are you doing here” shares a range of findings in relation to organisational cultures, behaviours and practices and makes recommendations for how to improve practice to ensure the volunteer experience is genuinely inclusive.

Follow the link here for an insight into this important research.

We Shall Not Be Removed 2021 Survey Report The UK Disability Arts Alliance marked its the first anniversary of the campaign by revealing the findings of a new survey that highlights significant threats to the continued participation of creative deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people in the cultural sector.


MA has published Communication Decolonisation Guidance to help you and your organisation talk about your work. This guidance is meant to be a starting point for building a robust communication strategy to support your work. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach because across the museum sector there is a diversity of capacity, size, and tactics.

Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums project includes resources on Diversifying The Workforce that look at anti-racist recruitment, training, and programmes for diversifying the museum and gallery workforce.

AIM have introduced their Tackling Inequalities Hallmark

Inc Arts has launched a programme to support anti-racist work in the cultural sector. The Unlock toolkit is a free resource aimed at museums and galleries as well as theatre, dance, music, festival and combined arts organisations.

ACE Culture Change Toolkit will help you follow best practice in recruitment and develop a diverse workforce and leadership.  Access the toolkit here.

The Space has produced a toolkit to help you protect yourself and your organisation against online abuse here.

HVG’s Youtube Channel, Diversity and Inclusion playlist includes recordings of HVG’s recent EDI Masterclass events.

A guide for organisations who want to include and recruit volunteers who have a learning disabilities, developed by Volunteering England and Mencap

Reimagining Relevance Arts Council England has a new set of tools available to download from its website around Inclusivity and Relevance. Developed by OF/BY/FOR ALL, these resources are designed to be used with your colleagues and trustees to help embed inclusivity and relevance across your organisation. Find out more.

International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge bias at work Each year an annual IWD campaign theme is celebrated and continues all year long to unify direction and galvanize activity by providing a meaningful framework to connect and amplify action.

Black Lives Matter

Culture&’s Black Lives Matter Charter for the Heritage Sector can be found here

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