Decolonisation + Democratisation conference

Thursday 10th September 2020    |    Colchester Castle

Decolonisation + Democratisation is a national conference exploring how heritage and arts organisations are engaging and sharing ownership with communities. The key themes will be approaches to decolonisation and democratisation of museum collections.

Call For Papers

Have you got big ideas about how to transform the face of heritage and the arts? Or are there some simple steps to changing how we think about and work with communities that can have significant impacts?  If so, we want to hear from you. We are looking for submissions from all career levels and all sizes of organisation.  

We are particularly keen to hear examples of:

  • Museums working in partnership, especially ones involving organisations/ individuals outside of the cultural sector.
  • Museums being used for non-traditional activities.
  • Ways of enhancing collections knowledge through partnership work.
  • “Failures” as well as success stories, which can help others learn.

Where presentations involve community partners, we would love to hear from both parties and have bursaries to support community participation.

If you are unable to get to Colchester in person, please do still get in touch as we would love to explore remote contributions, such as via Skype.


We are looking for contributions for:  

  • Workshop activities (30 mins)
  • Short presentations (20 mins)


If you have something to share, we’d love to hear from you. Email us with: 

  • Name(s) and contact details, including organisation 
  • Summary and title of your idea (no more than 300 words), including structure 
  • What you expect delegates to take away from your session


Submissions to be emailed to Ben.Paites by 9am on Monday 30th March. All submissions will be considered and we shall inform successful applicants by Friday 24th April. All presenters will receive free entry to the conference. (NB: the cost for delegates will be £25 for the day).  

Conference Information


Thursday 10th September 2020


Colchester Castle


Booking will be available in the Spring


Plan your visit

What’s On

Colchester Museums

With a unique mix of fascinating displays, the latest technology and hands-on activities, there is lots for your family to explore and discover across Colchester Museums’ three sites.

Ipswich Museums

Covering thousands of years of both human and natural history, there is so much for families to discover across Ipswich Museums’ three venues.

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