This post was first posted on the ARA New professionals website. Words are a powerful force, used correctly they can galvanise people to take down oppressive regimes, change hearts and minds, and tell stories of the universal human condition. The impact of language changes over time depending on the context in which it is used.Continue reading “GLAM and Diversity are Cancelled. We Need GLAMorous Intersectionality”
In this post I will break down the 5-6 stages of accepting your privilege, how it affects those surrounding you, what you can do about it, and how to stop making it a problem/issue for people like me to solve. When I conduct workshops outlining practical steps to increase intersectionality and representation within the Galleries,Continue reading “5 stages of accepting your privilege”
First published in CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Newsletter Issue 111 April 2019. This article will attempt to solve the lack of inclusivity and diversity in the cultural sector in 1000 words. Just kidding! This article will outline some of the issues surrounding inclusion and diversity in libraries. I will offer some ways toContinue reading “Creating spaces for people like me in Special Collections.”
This blog post will explore some of the LGBTQIA+ community in the John Rylands Special Collections! It has been cross posted from the John Rylands Special Collection Blog post
Over the last year I have been conducting research into the ways to combat the lack of diversity in heritage institutions. In a series of blog posts I explored practical ways to challenge problematic labelling, highlight erased groups, and improve overall representation in exhibitions. I found, in all these instances, collaboration with under-represented groups is imperative. Collaboration resultedContinue reading “The birth of Empowered Collaboration!”
This blog post is the third, and last, in a series of blog posts where I discuss the importance of diversifying archives in collaboration with underserved groups, which I will refer to as empowered collaboration. This blog post will start by analysing the efforts to diversify audiences by The Museum of High Art in Atlanta, The Museum ofContinue reading “Archives and Inclusivity: Exhibitions for All”
In the last blog post I discussed the importance of creating racially sensitive archival descriptions. In this blog post I will discuss the importance of tactfully highlighting the histories of erased communities within archives through labelling. The following post will have practical suggestions on how this relabelling can be used to increase representation in exhibitions.
Items within special collections can date back hundreds of years, so it’s no surprise that within these materials it is possible to find outdated or problematic attitudes and language. I am currently researching potential ways to manage this.