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July 2012, Social History Curator’s Group Debate

Piotr Bienkowski (Paul Hamlyn funded “Our Museum” project) and Tracy-Ann Smith (DHG) opposed Annika Joy (Science Museum) and Jonathan Wallis (Derby Museums and Art Gallery) in their proposal ‘This conference believes that visitors are the new curators’. A review of the debate is covered in the Social History in Museums Journal vol 37.

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Colin Prescod chairing the morning of the Cultural Equalities Now Conference © British Museum

April 2011 to March 2012, DHG London meeting highlights

Highlights from this year obviously included the team work effort of DHG members pulling together to plan and critically engage with the Cultural Equalities Now conference. The consistent thoughtful collaboration of the group, especially at our summer meeting at Tate, really paid off. The conference got rave reviews illustrating that when we work together DHG […]

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December 2011, Cultural Equalities Now Conference

In partnership with the British Museum and the Institute of the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP), DHG convened a cutting edge conference looking at diversity and equalities in the then new political, legal and economic landscape. The Cultural Equalities Now conference programme looked at links between cultural heritage and agendas such as big society, […]

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Book cover depicts marble sculpture of two women embracing by Patricia Cronin. Entitled 'Memorial to a Marriage', it is a comment on inequality before lesbians were entitled to marry in New York. © Patricia Cronin.

May 2012, Book Launch

It was great to see so many DHG member’s supporting the launch of Museums, Equality and Social Justice edited by Prof Richard Sandell and Eithne Nightingale. It is available here with several chapters reviewed in our Participation Portal.

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March – April 2011, HLF’s strategic framework for 2013-2018 

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) invited DHG’s Tracy-Ann to participate in a focus group consultation which fed into the final consultation findings. The findings will inform the  HLF’s strategic framework 2013 to 2018.

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October 2010, Response to Government Consultation

This consultation allowed members to engage without directly naming or representing their respective organisations. The consultation laid out the government’s aims to ensure that all public bodies were transparent and accountable when it comes to equality. Yet, our eagle-eyed group concluded the plans for implementation of the Equality Act regulations often obscured the data, making […]

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November 2009 to March 2010, DHG London meetings

Our new formally established group shared practice and projects at London Transport Museum. A candid discussion about real or perceived differences between curatorial and outreach roles. The group thought it would be good to engage with more curators and share collections based methodologies.  A heavy weight reading group met to get our heads around Social […]

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Clifford Tower in York was the site of the 1190 massacre of the Jewish community, estimated 150 people.

October 2009, DHG Symposium

The Diversity in Heritage Group’s Inaugural symposium was kindly hosted by the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP). Here we set out our mission, decided on initial priorities and our ethos. We also met with a range of researchers to scope future collaborations.

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