Changing history: Diversifying the museum workforce

25 November 2021, Start time: 6.30pm - 8pm

Online (via Zoom), ,

Thursday 25th November, 6.30pm - 8pm
An online panel discussion from Creative & Cultural Skills and Rising Arts Agency bringing together young, diverse voices from across the museum sector to chat barriers to entry, pathways & more.

Over the past twenty years, museums across the UK have worked hard to ensure their collections are inclusive, relevant, and welcoming for all audiences with initiatives such as Kids in Museums and the brilliant advocacy work of the Museums Association and their Museums Change Lives campaign celebrating the vital role these institutions play.

But what about the people running the museums? The 2020 Inc Arts Hold On report revealed that only 2.7% of the museums, galleries and libraries workforce are from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. We want to know why that is and what can be done to change it.

Chaired by Catherine Ritman Smith, Head of Learning and Engagement at Young V&A, this free online panel discussion will bring together diverse voices from across the sector who will share their own career journeys and experiences of working in museums and heritage. We’ll chat barriers to entry, different job roles and pathways, what it’s like working in a museum and explore the impact a diverse workforce could have on the representation of our cultural heritage.

The full panelist line-up will be revealed soon.

Accessibility: Live captions will be available using Zoom’s automatic live transcription. If you have any specific access requirements, please email [email protected] 

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance, click here to book your ticket via Eventbrite.

Catherine Ritman Smith is currently the Head of Learning and Engagement at Young V&A, building on a rich heritage to create a world-leading museum of design and creativity for children and young people. Prior to this, Catherine worked at Somerset House, the Design Museum, Enterprise UK and Open City. Catherine is a fellow of the RSA and was Vice-Chair of the London Design and Engineering UTC until Dec 2019. She currently serves on the LDE UTC Quality of Education Committee, and on the board of trustees for Creative and Cultural Skills.



Rising Arts Agency is a powerful, collaborative community of artists and creatives whose mission is to empower underrepresented young people to fulfil their creative ambitions and make social change happen. Visit to find out more.

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