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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Tuesday 19th July 2022

Equity and inclusion: planning your next steps

Inclusive Museums is a training and mentoring programme that will support a small cohort of West Midlands museums to become more equitable and inclusive.

As a result of taking part in the programme, participants will:

  • Demonstrate a consistent understanding of Equity and Inclusion and how it relates to their audiences, workforce (paid and voluntary), governance and programmes
  • Feel confident about using inclusive language and current Equity and Inclusion terminology
  • Identify internal issues and external opportunities and barriers related to Equity and Inclusion and develop the skills to address them
  • Demonstrate improved confidence in talking about difficult issues/ topics
  • Identify the challenges and/ or barriers within their organisation relating to Equity and Inclusion and develop plans to address these
  • Undertake a self-assessment of EDI in their organisation
  • Prepare an Equity Action Plan (EAP)
  • Gain a supportive network of colleagues developing their equity and inclusion policy and practice
  • Involve their wider organisation in developing their Equity Action Plan

The programme will be delivered via three phases of activity through a combination of live online workshops, 1:1 mentoring, case studies and peer group activities between October 2022 and March 2024.

  • Phase 1: Preparation, November – December 2022
  • Phase 2: Planning, January – February 2023
  • Phase 3: Delivery, April 2023 – March 2024

Apply by 5pm, Monday 12 September 2022

To discuss your application or find out more about the programme please contact

WMMD Inclusive Museums Application Pack

Priority will be given to non-NPO and non-National museums who are Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation based in the West Midlands.

About the trainers
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 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. She will be supported by Maurice, who brings nearly 40 years of 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 Maurice has helped Museum Detox with an organisational review and, with Isilda, delivered training on museums, equity and inclusion.

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