Curating for Change

Follow our groundbreaking project as 16 D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent curatorial Trainees and Fellows work in museums across England and uncover new stories in collections.

“As an autistic person that’s struggled for the last four years…to get a meaningful foothold in the Curatorial space…the opportunity presented by this programme is both deeply moving personally, but also of great interest.”

Curating for Change exists to create strong career pathways for d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse curators, currently seriously under-represented in museums. Our Trainees and Fellows are producing exhibitions, events and blogs, exploring disabled people’s histories – while gaining skills for careers in the sector.

Delivered by Accentuate at Screen South

Curating for Change is being delivered by Screen South through the Accentuate Programme. Accentuate provides ground-breaking opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people in the cultural sector and is one of Screen South’s portfolio of programmes. This project is generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Working with museums of all sizes

Our partners are a large representative cross section of the range of museums – from large nationals like Imperial War Museums to smaller locals like North Hertfordshire Museum and city regionals such as Bristol Culture and Colchester and Ipswich Museums. We are also glad to have sector bodies on board ranging from the Museums Association to VocalEyes. Through Curating for Change, our museum partners are also on a learning curve – rethinking everything from how to word job advertisements, to the implications of hybrid working – which is changing the workplace for all, but can have particularly liberating implications for d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse staff.

Re-examining Collections

Our eight Fellow and eight Trainees are re-examining and exploring the museums’ collections through a new lens, digging out the stories of disabled people across time through objects in their collections, that perhaps laid hidden, or have been overlooked due to lack of information.  Fellows are using their unique and authentic lived experience of disability to produce outputs that range from blogs to exhibitions to bring those stories to a wider public. They are also getting a grounding in multiple aspects of museum work, from interpretation to outreach to digital, according to their interests, and gaining solid skills for a career in the sector.

Social media and mailing list

You can find us on Twitter at @Curating4Change, and Instagram at curatingforchange.

Join our mailing list for updates from our project as well as disability history discoveries from our Fellows and Trainees.

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Our Partners

Our partners range in size from large nationals to independents and local museums. Explore our work here.

The Thackray Museum of Medicine

The Thackray features imaginative and exciting galleries exploring stories from the history of healthcare to the advances that have shaped the way we look after ourselves, and each other.

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Imperial War Museums – IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford is Europe’s largest air museum. Visitors can walk through the same hangars and buildings as those who served at RAF Duxford, and see aircraft taking to the skies from the airfield where Spitfires first flew.

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Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery holds a global collection, and works to inspire people and connect communities. This local authority museum cares for diverse collections, covering areas from Fine Art, Ceramics, Local History and Archives, to Natural History, Geology, Native American and World Collections.

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