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Delivering Change: Development Phase

The development phase of the Delivering Change programme will enable MGS to support museums to involve more people in their work.

Introduction

Delivering Change is a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) - funded project which aims to support between 70 and 100 museums from across Scotland to make changes within their organisations and programming to help all people to access culture.

Using anti-racism and anti-ableism as the guiding principles, this project (rather than using segregating language) will be aware of the multiple oppressions that people face, and the interconnected nature of all justice movements. With this in mind, the goal is to pave the way for all people to feel liberated to be able to explore and claim their place in Scotland's heritage.

Project Advisors

The programme is currently in a 6-month development phase: during this period, an expert advisory group will work with a Programme Manager and an MGS-based project team to establish a plan for training, support, interventions, and funding to support change in Scotland’s museums. The expert advisory group members have lived and professional experience of barriers to participation and will support the development of a programme that offers specialised and practical training for museums to enable inclusion.

Project Outcomes

As a result of this programme, it's expected there will be clear changes in the ways in which participating museums work. The key aims of the work will be to ensure that museum spaces are safe and inclusive for all people in Scotland, in particular for underrepresented audiences. The project will support museums to work in co-production with communities of origin and interest to disrupt current power dynamics. Across the project, we will create learning spaces where knowledge sharing is a two-way process.

Research

This programme is informed by a range of research which has indicated a need for museums to adopt anti-racist and anti-ableist approaches, and to develop their use of participatory approaches to include those who have experienced barriers in their work. This includes work undertaken by Children in Scotland and during the Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museum project.

Further Information

If you'd like to get involved or find out more about this project, please contact Sheila Asante, Delivering Change Programme Manager at sheilaa@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk