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Inclusion Statement

As a joint museums service across Colchester and Ipswich, our aim is for everyone who enters our venues to feel welcome, supported and represented.

Numerous challenges in 2020 brought forward the relevance of our collections, events and exhibitions. We want to share some of the steps we have been taking to become a more inclusive organisation.

We will continue to reflect on our aims, review how we work and improve the diversity of our staff, visitors and the stories told within our displays.

Actions

  • Colchester + Ipswich Museums have created a Diversity Advisory Group, made up of current staff and representing a range of protected characteristics. The team will be scrutinising how we recruit and develop opportunities for progression for all. They will also be supporting staff to engage with diversity and inclusion by sharing resources and organising regular training on topics such as anti-racism, the social model of disability and LGBT awareness.
  • We have appointed a Decolonisation Consultant to support the NLHF redevelopment of Ipswich Museum. Their role involves mentoring staff, building relationships with local groups and looking at the stories our updated displays will tell.
  • The Colchester Museums Development Foundation was formed, with members of the local community on our board of trustees. The Foundation will be supporting fundraising, including initiatives aimed at improving representation within our museums.
  • We are supporting local groups and members of the community to develop creative responses to our activity. Examples include our Hidden Histories programme in Colchester and the Power of Stories exhibition in Ipswich.
  • In 2021, members of staff from across the service were trained as Access Champions by Access For All UK. Together, we will be auditing our venues, identifying potential barriers to access and working to remove them.

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