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Museums and the Legacy of Imperialism

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Date: Tuesday 6th December 2022

Join Isilda Almeida and Maurice Davies for a short online event exploring the legacy of imperialism in museums.

Focussing on collections displays, participants will:

  • Learn how 19th and early 20th-century museums are rooted in colonialism and imperialism
  • Understand how museums changed the histories they present in the late 20th and early 21st centuries
  • Become familiar with the recent pressures on museums to decolonise and examples of good practice in UK museums

Participants will also be invited to develop ideas to bring in a wider range of people to present a wider range of histories in their museum.

Isilda and Maurice will deliver the session via Zoom using a range of exercises and interactive features, including Breakout Rooms. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and actively participate in discussion. Some activities will also involve the use of Padlet. If you have any concerns about accessibility or usability for these features please contact

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.

This event is being delivered in partnership by WMMD and South East Museum Development (SEMD). It is the first in a series of three events linked to the WMMD Inclusive Museums programme. Future events scheduled for early 2023 are Involving Volunteers in your EDI Journey, and Co-curation with Communities. Events will promoted via the WMMD newsletter and website and bookings will be first come first served for each event.

Maximum two delegates per organisation. Priority will be given to delegates from non-NPO and non-National museums in the West Midlands which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation.

The presentation for this event will be auto-captioned via Zoom. If you would benefit from live captioning or any other form of access support, please answer ‘yes’ to the access requirements question on the booking form and email the WMMD team as early as possible stating the support you require.

All participants will receive an email containing a Zoom link to the training prior to the event. The email will be sent to the email address used for booking. If you have not received an email the day before the event please contact us.

If you can’t see the booking button this event is fully booked, please email to join the waiting list.

Isilda Almeida and Maurice Davies deliver tailored approaches to increasing inclusive and equitable practice in the cultural sector, including training, advice, strategic planning, service review and community engagement.

Isilda Almeida, 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’ 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, equity and inclusion.

Museums and the Legacy of Imperialism
Tuesday 6 December, 10am-12.30pm

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