Call for applications - NEMO training about decolonisation in museums

© Pitt Rivers Museum

© Pitt Rivers Museum

Museum professionals are invited to apply to the training “Who’s afraid of decolonisation?”, organised by NEMO and hosted by the UK Museums Association, SS Great Britain and Bristol Museums. The training takes place on 16 September 2022 in Bristol, the United Kingdom. Applications are welcome until 15 July.

This one-day International Training Course will explore what decolonisation in museums means and will introduce you to some of the theories and practices which inform this work. It will be based in the city of Bristol in the UK, a place recently at the epicentre of the conversation between heritage, representation and the Black Lives Matter movement, providing a relevant backdrop to the issues that will be discussed.

Starting with an overview of decolonisation, the morning workshop will introduce you to the ways in which this work can be approached in a straightforward manner, while also not shying away from the inevitable controversies that it will bring. With evidence of good practice and thinking in this rich field the MA hopes to inspire you either to begin or continue your decolonisation work with confidence. The afternoon will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the M-Shed, where the statue of slaver Edward Colston which was thrown into the harbour during the BLM protests in 2020 is kept. Apply for an exciting day which will take as its premise that decolonisation is not a punitive exercise, but one that if approached wholeheartedly, will enhance your sense of a shared humanity and your museum’s relevance to a wider group of people.

The Museums Association published their Decolonising Museums guidance at the end 2021 and set up a skills building programme around the topic. Roshi Naidoo is in charge the campaign and the NEMO training day.

People connected to NEMO member organisations are given priority and up to 8 members will receive travel grants of 500-600 euro. Other people working within the museum sector are eligible to participate in the training to a fee of 250 euro.

  • Apply by sending a letter of motivation (max 1 page), CV and proof of NEMO membership (only applicable for applicants working at NEMO member organisations).
  • Find more information in the call for applications.
  • Deadline to apply: 15 July 2022.

More about the UK Museums Association (MA)

The MA is a dynamic membership organisation that campaigns for socially engaged museums and a representative workforce. MA works ethically and sustainably and collaborates with partners with common aims and values. MA advocates for and supports museums and everyone who works in and with them so that the value and impact of museums and their collections is realised.

The MA is a member of NEMO – the Network of European Museum Organisations.