Diversity seminars at the V&A in July

Cultural Diversity at V&AIn March 2005 the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) was awarded £978,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a broad-ranging diversity project which sought to uncover ‘hidden histories’ within the V&A’s collections and to collect new tangible and intangible artefacts and to make these accessible to museum audiences. One strand of the project was ‘Partnerships, capacity building and cultural ownership’. This strand aimed:

To develop mutually beneficial, meaningful partnerships with Black and Minority Ethnic community organisations to encourage shared cultural ownership and strengthen the relationship between mainstream and non-mainstream heritage sectors.

This is obviously relevant to BME community archives. The project is now in the closing stages and the V&A is organising a series of seminars to explore the idea of the diverse museum. Of particular relevance to community archives are:

For the Record‘, July 16th: ‘Explore ways identifying and managing offensive terminology in historical records and look at the problem of silences in the collection. Understand the roots of offensive language and how to ensure that language is current.’


Partnerhips: what’s the problem?‘, July 18th: ‘We all want to work in partnership and set out with the best intentions, but, too often these relationships do not work as well as we would like. This session will explore what the reasons for that might be. With examples of good and “bad” partnerships we will explore the challenges of making lasting and meaningful relationships.’

The seminars are free, and mostly run from 10am to 2pm. To find out more about the whole programme or to register for one of the seminars email Rosie Cooper (r.cooper@vam.ac.uk)

[Image, showing event at the V&A copied from HLF website pages on diversity. No further details are given on the page.]

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  1. Community Archives and Identities » Blog Archive » What does the government understand by community cohesion?… Says:

    […] Tuesday I attended a seminar at the V&A as part of their Diversity series (see this post) entitled ‘Museums as transformative spaces’. The speaker at the event was Henry […]

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