Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Norma Gregory was recruited on a six month basis as the museum’s EDI Consultant. One training session was provided to staff, and the Heritage Team and Heritage Volunteers received two Embedding Inclusive Practice in Museums training sessions.
Norma also produced a report including an action plan for the museum. Over the next year the heritage team will deliver on the actions, all of which will ensure that we improve our practices and measure and share our successes. This will have an impact on our work across community engagement, recruitment and workforce, marketing/communications and publicity, staff and volunteer learning and development and the collections.
Access the presentations, sector reports and suggested reading lists.
EDI Advisory Group
The group met four times over the course of five months. The members offered valuable insights and helped develop more inclusive programming and interpretation ideas. We are delighted the group have agreed to continue to meet beyond this project to support the Heritage Centre in becoming more inclusive and accessible.
Across the year the heritage team have programmed events devised by the advisory group. The spring/summer events programme is now live, and includes two events which tackle inclusivity, equality and diversity themes. The autumn/winter programme will be released in July.
Check out the heritage events page to book.
Oral historian Clare Gilliam carried out eight interviews with female anaesthetists, those from ethnically diverse communities, the LGBTQI+ community and those living with health conditions or impairments. These interviews are now available to listen to on our oral history webpage.
Student placement - Westminster Kingsway College
In February 2022, the heritage team hosted a group of seven students (aged 17-19) for their work placement. The students worked on a re-interpretation and re-labelling project to diversify the narratives and broaden representation in the museum. The content produced will soon be on display in the museum, so come and visit to discover more about Seishu Hanaoka, Enid Johnson, Louisa Aldrich-Blake, curare, and early herbal anaesthetic preparations.