Following a year of major traction for the Black Lives Matter movement and calls intensifying for the museums and heritage sector to become more inclusive, Dr Francis, CEO and artistic director of diversity charity Culture&, addresses the contextualising forces behind the events of 2020 and lays out his vision for how cultural institutions can start to make real change.

Black Lives Matter, Benin Bronzes and Britishness: how can UK museums decolonise?

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In a wide-ranging dialogue, Dr Francis discusses topics including:

  • How organisations can begin the process of decolonisation – in collections and workforces
  • The summer’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the subsequent heritage sector Charter drawn up by Culture&
  • Removal versus reinterpretation
  • The culture secretary’s open letter to the sector warning against bowing down to activist pressure
  • And many more subjects pertaining to an ever-growing movement for change

This latest session forms part of a broad programme of Autumn Series talks, webinars and podcasts in the final quarter of 2020 – all of which aim to provide support and inspiration to the sector following months of Covid-19 disruption.

“There’s no doubt about it, 2020 continues to be a challenge for the sector so I am really delighted that the Museums + Heritage Show has been able to move online and provide a whole new programme of free talks, round-tables and masterclasses in our first ever Autumn Series,” explains Anna Preedy, director of Museums + Heritage Show.


More details and access to the full range of Autumn Series resources are available here.

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