These museums and sector organisations will be hosting placements or supporting activities and creating a nationwide network as part of Curating for Change.
Our museum partners represent a range of locations – from rural Cumbria to inner-city London, types of collections – including medical, social history and industrial and types of museum – including small local authority, large national, university, independent, and living history museums.
Through this diverse range of museums, we will show that any organisation, no matter its location, subject matter, size or organisational structure, can affect change in the make-up of its workforce, and the representation of D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people in its collections, interpretation and audiences. Through the life of this project, this will help all involved identify and overcome the challenges specific to each organisation, and develop an Action Plan that can be adopted by any museum.
The Thackray Museum of Medicine, Leeds
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. Visitors can wander through the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds, watch gruesome operations taking place in a 19th-century operating theatre, visit a seventies-style sexual health clinic, chart how well the world responds to crisis, and discover the medical innovations that changed the world. Through play, creativity, talks, experiences, social events and formal education, the museum pays tribute to health heroes and inspires the next generation of big thinkers.
Bristol Culture is a council-run museum service encompassing six museums and galleries. The Fellow placed here is based primarily at M Shed, which explores the story of Bristol and its unique place in the world through film, photography, personal stories, objects and interactive displays.
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. The museum explores stories from prehistory to the present day, and runs a regular programme of historical and contemporary temporary exhibitions, as well as a growing education, events and activities programme.
Royal Historic Dockyard Chatham
For more than four centuries, The Historic Dockyard Chatham was one of Britain’s most important centres of warship building and repair. Over 400 warships were built here, allowing the Royal Navy to dominate the seas of Europe and beyond. Today it is the world’s most complete dockyard of the Age of Sail. The 80-acre site includes historic ships and workshops, exhibition spaces, and a railway
The National Railway Museum, part of the Science Museum Group, York
Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance, the National Railway Museum celebrates the past, present and future of innovation on the railways. The museum is dedicated to igniting visitors’ curiosity about the people, places and engineering marvels behind the railways. The museum is part of the Science Museum Group, and is about to embark on a major redevelopment.
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Black Country Living Museum is an immersive, open air museum that tells the story of one of the very first industrialised landscapes in Britain. Set across 26 acres, the museum includes over forty carefully reconstructed shops, houses and industrial areas that represent the Black Country’s story. Visitors learn how steam power, human ingenuity and an increasingly interconnected world transformed this region into a manufacturing powerhouse, meeting historic characters and seeing history brought to life.
Pitt Rivers and the Ashmolean Museums, Oxford (joint placement)
The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Their world-famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time. The Pitt Rivers Museum, also part of the University of Oxford, houses within an atmospheric building over 500,000 objects, manuscripts and photographs from all over the world, and from all periods of human existence. The museum is much loved, but is also a contested space that calls for innovative curation to engage with the more difficult aspects of its history.
The Museum of Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool, based in a landmark building on Liverpool’s famous waterfront, reflects the city’s global significance through its unique geography, history and culture. Visitors can explore how the port, its people, and their creative and sporting history have shaped the city. The museum is part of National Museums Liverpool , which also includes the Maritime and International Slavery Museum, the Walker Art Gallery and the World Museum.
The Cumbria Museums Consortium
Cumbria Museums Consortium is made up of three organisations and six museums spread across this rural county. Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences. Wordsworth Grasmere cares for the home where William Wordsworth produced most of his best-loved poems, and explores how a unique combination of people and place came together and changed poetry forever. Lakeland Arts manages a wide variety of museums: Abbot Hall art gallery, Windermere Jetty Museum, arts and crafts house Blackwell, and the Lakeland Museum.
Kettle’s Yard and Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge (joint placement)
Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery, a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art, and a gallery that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions. The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, with a collection of at least 2 million fossils, minerals and rocks. A walk through the museum will take you on a 4.5 billion year journey through time, from the meteoritic building blocks of planets, to the thousands of fossils of animals and plants that illustrate the evolution of life in the oceans, on land and in the air.
North Hertfordshire Museum
North Hertfordshire Museum is a local authority museum that aims to increase the understanding and enjoyment of the culture, heritage and environment of North Hertfordshire, using the museum collections to tell the stories of the people who have lived and worked here. The museum explores the history of the area from geological times to the present day, and holds art and social history collections from around the world.
Nottingham Museums, a local authority governed organisation, houses historic artefacts from across the ages – whether from the City’s prestigious lace trade, industrial heritage, famed romantic poets or treasures unearthed from Ancient Egyptian, Greek or Roman history. It holds extensive Fine and Decorative Art, as well as collections of Earth & Life Sciences. Wollaton Hall, where the Trainee is most likely to be based, is one of the country’s finest Grade I listed Elizabethan buildings and the largest dedicated Natural History Museum in the county.
Imperial War Museums
Imperial War Museums is the world’s leading museum of war and conflict. Founded while the First World War was still raging, it gives voice to the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people forced to live their lives in a world torn apart by conflict. The Trainee is most likely to be based at IWM Duxford, 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.
Horniman Museum and Gardens
The Horniman has been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium, a butterfly house and natural history collection. The Horniman aims to connect people with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging them to shape a positive future for the world.
Colchester and Ipswich Museums
Colchester and Ipswich Museums is a local authority service encompassing six museums across two historic cities. These include: Colchester Castle, where visitors can explore the national story of Roman and Norman conquest, Boudiccan revolt and Civil War; the Natural History Museum, which focuses on wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change; Ipswich Art Gallery, which hosts a changing programme of local and touring exhibitions; and the Tudor Mansion, where visitors are immersed in over 500 years of history.
The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading uses its diverse and surprising collection to explore how the skills and experiences of farmers and craftspeople, past and present, can help shape our lives now and into the future. The museum works alongside rural people, local communities and specialist researchers to create displays and activities that engage with important debates about the future of food and the ongoing relevance of the countryside to all our lives.
Sector support organisations
The British Museum
• The Museum of London
• The Museums Association
• The University of Leicester Research Centre for Museums and Galleries
• DASH Arts
• Arts & Heritage
• Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance