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Museum Skills Essentials: Decolonising collections, exhibitions & displays

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This session will help you use decolonising practice in your collections, exhibition and display work.

About this Event

PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are currently restricted to our primary client group, which are museums in the South West of England (Accredited museums, those formally Working Towards Accreditation or in Locally Funded areas). If you are from a museum outside the South West - please check with your local Museum Development team for training opportunities.

About the day

Have you heard about decolonisation in museums? Are you wondering how you can use decolonising practice in your collections, exhibition and display work, both in the museum and online? Join Dr. Tehmina Goskar of the Curatorial Research Centre to find out more.

Who should attend?

Volunteers, staff and trustees interested in learning more about why decolonising practice is important right now for all museums and how to go about it.

What will you learn?

By the end of this session you will:

  • Know what decolonising means, and how other museums have started to decolonise their collections work
  • Identify creative ways your museum can use exhibitions and displays to decolonise your museum
  • Understand how addressing colonial legacies can help represent and build relationships with new audiences

How does this session relate to Arts Council England’s Accreditation Standard?

  • 4.2 A policy, approved by the governing body, for developing collections, including acquisitions and disposals
  • 8.3 To have a planning for developing your range of users
  • 9.1 To provide stimulating learning and discovery activities, including exhibitions and programmes based on your collections

Session Leader:

Dr Tehmina Goskar is a curator with nearly 20 years’ experience in the cultural, arts, academic and private sectors. She is a Fellow of the Museums Association and a member of its Ethics Committee, Accredited Member of the Association of Facilitators and Research Associate at Swansea University. She has just completed a leadership fellowship supported by Arts Council England called Change Makers.

Tehmina is a material culture and collections specialist with extensive knowledge of exhibition and event curation in a variety of settings from national museums to pop-up shops. Tehmina has developed the philosophy and methods of the Curatorial Research Centre and is currently preparing a new book on curating. She is the Programme Leader and creator of Citizen Curators, a work based curatorial training programme for volunteers, currently taking place in museums across Cornwall, in collaboration with Cornwall Museums Partnership supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. She is also the co-founder and co-organiser of Twitter’s ever-popular #MuseumHour. She is also the volunteer Heritage Lead for the women’s knowledge charity, the Hypatia Trust.

How will this session be delivered and what equipment do I need?

This session will be delivered online using Zoom a cloud based video conferencing service. The service is free to use, all you need is either a laptop, tablet/ iPad or phone. Your device will need to be able to stream video and sound. If you are using a laptop you can simply connect via your web browser. If using a tablet/ iPad or phone you will need to download the app (free to download) to connect to the session. Full instructions on how to join the session will be issued direct to the email address provided at the point of booking before the session takes place. 

How do we use the data you supply us?

* For full details on how the information supplied to us as part of the booking process is used please see our Privacy Policy here: https://southwestmuseums.org.uk/privacy-policy/ By booking on you agree to have your data stored and used by us in accordance with this policy.


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