Throughout the Curating for Change project our partner museums are hosting exhibitions and events designed by Curating for Change Fellows and Trainees reflecting their discoveries in museum collections.

Image credit Museum of London

Curating for Change Sector Forum

How can induction, mindful line management and career development practice enable D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people to thrive in their museum careers?

Building on the success of our first sector forum and action plan for equitable recruitment in the museums sector; “We Are Not All the Same”, our next 2-part forum focuses on retaining disabled talent within the museum workforce.

Part 1: Re-framing induction processes for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse staff.
Wednesday 19 April 2023
11.00-12.30, free, online conference
This event has now passed but you can explore the programme and speakers here

Part 2: What does it take for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people to thrive in their museum careers?
Wednesday 14 June 2023
11.00-12.30, free, online conference
You can explore the programme and speakers here
Book Part 2 now through Eventbrite here

Kyle Lewis Jordan, Curating for Change Fellow at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Bring Baby Lecture: Disability in Ancient Egyptian Myth.

Tuesday 14 February at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

As part of The Ashmolean’s new “Bring Baby Lecture” series, join our Curating for Change Fellow, Kyle Lewis Jordan (Ashmolean Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museums, Oxford) as he explores themes of disability in Ancient Egyptian myth and literature, using objects from teh Ashmolean’s collections to help tell the stories.

Through exploring these stories, Kyle aims to demonstrate how disability has been a universal experience throughout human history, and how many ancient cultures – like the Egyptians – recognised those differences and how we may begin to understand the many nuanced feelings they had towards them. Through doing so. Kyle believes we can begin to understand not only how disability was reacted to, but also how it has helped actively shape cultural understandings of the world in many different times and spaces.

The “Bring Baby Lecture” series is aimed at new parents or carers with babies under 12 months (although older children are welcome) who wish to still partake in cultural events. This space provides them the opportunity to do so in a baby and toddler-friendly space.

Purchase tickets here.

exterior of Ashmolean with doric columns

One World Family Festival 2023

The Ashmolean Museum’s annual One World Festival, is a free weekend of events celebrating Oxfordshire’s many diverse communities and faiths. As part of the many events taking place our Curating for Change Fellow, Kyle Lewis Jordan will be running a number of activities, including a discussion on the intersection of disability and faith, from his conversations with disabled members of Oxfordshire’s faith communities and his research into the disability histories present in the Ashmolean’s collections.

You can find out more about the One World Family Festival 2023 and download the events programme here.

Extra.Ordinary: Disabled voices in MERL’s collections

Community case exhibition: Until January 2023 at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

This exhibition case, curated by Curating for Change Trainee, Verity Shillabeer, explores and celebrates the identity and culture of disability, especially in rural communities. During her Traineeship, Verity has investigated objects that amplify disabled voices present in The MERL’s collections. This exhibition seeks to showcase those collections and reveal the powerful and personal stories of disability which connect. This exhibition has been developed as part of The MERL’s involvement in Screen South’s Curating for Change project: a mentored training programme for deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people. This initiative aims to transform and make museums more inclusive, addressing the lack of representation of disabled employees in the sector. The MERL is thrilled to be one of twenty organisations taking part.

Explore the online exhibition

Read more here

Level 3 Gaming Festival

11 – 12 November, the Glassworks

FREE – book here (NB, now finishing at 5pm on Saturday)

An event from our friends at the Hi3 Network – the Level 3 Gaming Festival is happening 11th & 12th November at the Glassworks. It’s a two-day event exploring and celebrating a range of games & virtual experiences created by and for autistic, learning disabled, & neurodiverse people, and is open to attend by all.

Engage with playable artworks, participate in accessible workshops, experience VR installations, and attend talks and panels with the artists. This workshop’s outcome, in combination with others by Level 3 in Brighton and Hastings, will be used to create an evolving communal artwork, and the festival itself used as an opportunity to improve upon the accessibility of playful media.

Edward Rushton, by Philip Garrett, Courtesy of the Museum of Liverpool

Edward Rushton Display

Tuesday 22 November 2022 – Thursday 5 January 2023 at the Museum of Liverpool

For Disability History Month 2022, the Museum of Liverpool is displaying a bust of Edward Rushton, founder of the Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool

The large bronze bust of Rushton is accompanied by a smaller tactile model of his head and face, along with a standing panel of text information with a smaller braille sign. The display is not audio described.

The display was developed in part by the museum’s Curating for Change Curatorial Fellow Iris Sirendi as her first project with the Museum of Liverpool.