Anti-Racism in Practice

Time to convert words into action and explore what being anti-racist means in practice

Racism is a matter of life and death for people of colour.

If it was not obvious before, it became hard to ignore during lockdown with the combination of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter. Learning within museums, heritage and cultural settings provides an important platform for anti-racism in practice. This course is suited for learning professionals who are in a position to make change and influence equitable and positive action.

So, what can the heritage sector do about racism? Go further than being defensive and convert passive words into action.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Learn what embedding social justice looks like in practice from speakers inside and outside of the museums, heritage and galleries sector.
  • Reflect on the societal structures, institutional policies and work cultures, as well as the content your programmes deliver which may mean that there is a degree of complicity in upholding racial inequalities.
  • Be vulnerable and talk with others on what their organisations are doing to be equitable.
  • Most importantly, create and action solutions.

What are the course requirements?

  • An acknowledgement that for POCs, talking about race is emotional labour.
  • Participants should be thinking of ways to change their practice and/or organisation.
  • Before booking, participants are strongly encouraged to read Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.”
  • Participants should ideally be in a management role or in a position to make decisions; have some control over budgets, and/or be in a position where they can influence upwards.
  • An understanding that for anti-racism to be a key feature in twenty-first century museum learning, participants need to take others on the journey.

Who runs the course?

Aksana Khan is an Arts Youth Engagement Consultant who has worked in and around heritage for 8 years. She works between learning and marketing teams to advocate for young people of colour, especially those from working-class backgrounds. The course will also feature speakers from various backgrounds and organisations.

Featured Speakers

  • Barinur Rashid, Secondary and Post-16 Learning Coordinator (Sciences) at Manchester Museum
  • Celine Elliot, Engagement Lead for Cornwall Museums Partnership
  • Carole Wright, Project Manager, Community Gardener, Beekeeper and proud South Londoner from Brixton
  • Dr. Corinne Fowler, Director of Centre for New Writing and Associate Professor in Postcolonial Literature at University of Leicester
  • Additional speakers TBA

When and where is it?

This virtual course will take place over 6 weeks and will be run on Zoom in the afternoon. There will be a combination of presentations, tasks to do in and between sessions, and an interactive group where you can keep in contact and network with course participants.

  • Wednesday, 14 October 2020 (13:00-15:00 GMT)
  • Wednesday, 21 October 2020 (13:00-15:00 GMT)
  • Wednesday, 28 October 2020 (13:00-15:00 GMT)
  • Wednesday, 4 November 2020 (13:00-15:00 GMT)
  • Wednesday, 11 November 2020 (13:00-15:00 GMT)
  • Wednesday, 18 November 2020 (13:00-15:00 GMT)

To safeguard the POC speakers on the course, some sessions may not be fully or partially recorded.

Course fee?

£145 for GEM and Engage members and £190 for non-members.

How to apply?
To apply for this course, please download a booking form and email it to office@gem.org.uk or send it to GEM, Joiners Shop, Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ Got a question?

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