Dr Khatwa will be responsible for leading strategic learning and engagement across the regional partnership of four museums – Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum – to create innovative, inclusive and impactful content that engages underserved audiences.

Wessex Museums’ new engagement lead has worked in the nature conservation and heritage sector for 15 years, is vice chair of the Dorset Race Equality Council, and is also a finalist in the National Diversity Awards 2020 as a Positive Role Model in Race, Religion and Faith.

“This post will immerse me in a new environment focused on arts and cultural heritage, but with familiar learning outcomes and impacts for audiences,” Khatwa states. “I hope to bring all my passion and knowledge concerning equality, diversity and inclusion into the role to ensure wider and more innovative access to collections and stories that celebrate this special region.”

Her appointment to this newly created role was made possible by a grant of £83,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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