Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is to expand the decolonisation work it began in 2021 across its nine museums and galleries.

A job advertisement states the organisation is to hire a decolonisation specialist to “kickstart the development of an organisation-wide decolonisation strategy”, and work as “a critical friend” to support its strategy development and action plans.

The work will build on a decolonisation strategy it began three years ago at Great North Museum: Hancock, to address its collections’ colonial ties.External consultants were involved in scoping the strategy’s process, which aims to define decolonisation, address colonial legacies, and diversify audiences.

The new freelance hire will be tasked with facilitating discussions with key staff across Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and stakeholders, establishing an action plan for the organisation, with reforms, and milestones for decolonisation, and producing recommendations for a final strategy document.

The work is expected to begin in May 2024 with completion by December 2024.

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