Black History and Anti-Racism in Museums

New GEM Course!

Embedding anti-racist practice in museum work is demanding and rewarding as well as humbling and inspiring. This series of workshops helps identify where knowledge gaps are – personal, professional and institutional and how they inform the content and delivery of Black history related initiatives. This is also about shaping healthy, just, working environments and engaging respectfully with schools and communities.

The focus of the 3 sessions is as follows:

  • Session 1 – Understanding anti-racist practice in relation to Black history learning
  • Session 2 – Overview of how this anti-racist practice impacts your organisation
  • Session 3 – Tailoring anti-racist practice to your museum and its collection, your role and your audience in the development of Black history initiatives

The course is a series of 3 interactive workshops. We offer helpful creative approaches to look critically at how you have been working. Activities, presentations and discussions are used to build understanding and to support the development of strategies, objectives and skills needed to create sustainable change in how you work with Black history projects.

Who is it for?
This course is for anyone interested in exploring how they can deliver Black History learning projects within museums, incorporating anti-racist practices. Participants will explore definitions of ‘Black History’ and ‘Anti-Racism’ while learning how to engage with communities and histories in a respectful way, thinking critically about current practices.

Who runs the course?

Jean Campbell

Jean is a trained teacher, art therapist and museum educator, specialising in the legacies of transatlantic slavery and colonialism.  For over 15 years, Jean has designed and delivered countless workshops, staff training and projects engaging diverse groups. She aims to create safe spaces in which people are respected and supported to share thoughts, experiences and ideas and be their creative best.

Nancy Lyons

Nancy Lyons has worked in various museum and heritage roles for about 15 years. She enjoys training facilitation as a part of positive culture change initiatives. She is also involved with community outreach projects that investigate and interpret untold / difficult narratives.

When & where is it?
This virtual course will take place over three sessions and will be run online through a series of interactive workshops. Participants are highly encouraged to take part in the live sessions, but there will also be a possibility to engage with the recorded sessions afterwards.

Course fee?
£90 for GEM members and £120 for non-members.

Dates and times?
Tuesday, 6 July, 10:00-12:00 GMT
Tuesday, 13 July, 10:00-12:00 GMT
Tuesday, 27 July, 10:00-12:00 GMT

How to apply? 
Download and fill in the course booking form and return to the GEM Office at office@gem.org.uk.

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