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Resource: Ethnic minority low paid workers face more barriers to promotion.

This  report, In-work poverty, ethnicity and workplace cultures by Joseph Rowntree Foundation might prove a useful resource for your HR departments when thinking about progress and barriers to staff or agency staff in low paid positions. The report covers barriers to low paid across all ethnic groups as well as drawing out issues for minority groups. […]

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Concerns mount over impending cuts and Thatcher museum

A Guardian article highlights that Arts and Museums look set to take a greater hit in the impending, but yet to be finalised, cuts.  Arts Council England models that 15% cuts could mean more than four-fifths of English subsidised arts companies could lose their funding completely. Simultaneously 38 degrees online public campaigns is still hosting a […]

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News: Schama urges teachers to reject history curriculum

Professor Simon Schama who advised on the new history curriculum now criticises Michael Gove and urges history teachers to reject the final document. The Telegraph’s report highlights that among Schama’s concerns is ‘the focus on white males with too much emphasis on “how Britain influenced the world” rather than vice versa’. With the wrong kind of […]

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Resource: Advocacy toolkit

Arts Council England have updated their advocacy toolkit. As it is always good to refresh our advocacy skills so the toolkit is worth a browse.  Notably one of the key points is that ‘cultural events bring communities together and make our lives richer’. As cultural organisations go into advocacy overdrive it can be an opportunity […]

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Resource: Scottish Government Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report

Scotland has implemented higher levels of compliance with regard to the Equality Act duties than England. This report may be useful when considering how to articulate mainstreaming in terms of the breadth of what your organisation does.  It is also one more example of the Equality Act outcome setting processes in action. Two more notable […]

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Resource: What does the Census tell us about religion in 2011?

Thanks to the Equality and Diversity Forum for flagging up this useful resource which gives a basic overview of trends in religion for England and Wales according to the latest census. It correlates statistics relating to religion with age and employment. These may provide useful evidence or impetus for your arts and heritage work.  The […]

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Resource: Runnymede Spring Bulletin

The Spring 2013 edition of Runnymede’s Bulletin, focusing on Young People, is now available to read online. Articles include: Male Black Youth Unemployment; The Marginalisation of Refugee Children; Reducing Inequalities in School Exclusions; and Exploring “Digital Race”.

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Event: Personalisation and Equalities, 28th March 2013

For those of you thinking about shaping your cultural offer to meet the needs of people in receipt of personalisation grants this event might be useful to better understand how personalisation works and how some minority groups are experiencing it. More info is here.

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Heritage partnership to boost public participation

Arts Council England has awarded funding for a new initiative to support regional museums in England who want to forge participatory relationships with the public. The winning partnership between The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past at the University of York (IPUP), The Diversity in Heritage Group (DHG), The Collections Trust and The […]

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Resource: Rethinking disability

This great project sought to ‘address the cultural invisibility of disabled people in current museum narratives and to offer alternative ways of understanding disability which challenge negative representations’. The report emphasises the need for genuine collaboration with disabled people. It made me think, why do able-bodied interpreters feel entitled to label disabled art or objects […]

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