Call for applications - Activist Museum Award

© International Slavery Museum, Dave Jones A person with their back to the camera is looking at photo collage that is covering a wall.

One of the 2019 winners - International Slavery Museum. Photo: Dave Jones © International Slavery Museum, Dave Jones

For the second time, the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, is awarding an individual or group working in/with museums to support the research and development of an activist project. Apply by 23 November 2020.

Museum activism refers to ‘museum practice, shaped out of ethically-informed values, that is intended to bring about political, social and environmental change.’ The award is intended to encourage, inspire and support similarly activist museum work throughout the world.

For inspiration, last year's winners will be speaking at the virtual conference of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) tomorrow Thursday 15 October.

The awarded project should reflect the ideas presented by Robert R. Janes and Richard Sandell in their recent book, Museum Activism (Routledge, 2019). Richard Sandell will deliver a keynote speech at NEMO’s European Museum Conference 2020 – Museums making sense. Register to hear his thoughts on how museums help people make sense of complex matters.  

The deadline for applications is Monday 23 November 2020. there will be an opportunity for applicants to get help preparing their application or ask questions virtually on 28 September and 28 October 2020.

One award will be made in 2020. The successful applicant will be awarded £1000 to support the development of their project.

Find more information and the application form online.