Brighton & Hove Museums has been awarded funding through Art Fund’s Reimagine grants programme for an ambitious new project working with young people about the UK’s colonial past.
The project will develop partnerships with local students, teachers and museum staff to develop new learning offerings. It will create exciting educational sessions exploring the history of venues like the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Preston Manor. Young people will learn about those who contributed to these venues. It offers a broad perspective, rather than the more traditional viewpoint of euro-centric history.
“Schools are our most diverse audience group. They are leading the way with regards to antiracism, decolonising the school curriculum and tackling difficult questions.” Brighton & Hove Museums CEO, Hedley Swain.
“We want to embed the open and questioning approach increasingly used by schools throughout our organisation, particularly within our learning and curatorial teams.”
The ArtFund has awarded a total of £800,000 to 21 museums and galleries across the UK for creative and engaging projects. This is helping them reimagine support for their workforce and improve inclusion and diversity.
“This year’s Reimagine grants will enable museums and galleries to foster inclusivity. It can create opportunities for diverse voices to contribute to the cultural sector,” said Art Fund’s director, Jenny Waldman. “Together, these projects make a step towards a more inclusive and diverse museum workforce. Huge congratulations to all recipients.”
Art Fund is a national fundraising charity. They provide millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK. Plus, museums can further the professional development of their curators, and inspire more people to visit and enjoy their public programmes. Art Fund is independently funded, supported by Art Partners, donors, trusts and foundations and the 135,000 members.