ALL SHOOK UP: Movers & Shakers

One-off, interactive sessions for people working in museums of all sizes. Get practical guidance, share your experiences and contribute to the discussion.

Decolonisation in Practice

Join staff from Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service and practitioner Ivy Scott, for a chance to share experiences of decolonisation work in museums, learn about how objects in your collection can tell inclusive histories and take practical lessons on empowering communities back to your museum. More information to follow.

Staff from Colchester + Ipswich Museums Service

Ivy Scott

Ivy is a retired primary assistant head teacher, Ethnic Minority Consultant, and research lead for the Ipswich Windrush Group. She now works part-time teaching adults and as an English as an Additional Language consultant.



Museum Remix 

The University of Cambridge Museums Remix programme aims to bring fresh perspectives onto our collections and bring out underexplored objects and unheard stories. Join the Museum Remix team for a session that will include: 

  • How to make your own videos: no specialist equipment needed, just a story to tell 
  • A light touch framework for evaluating your inclusive projects  
  • Their learning curves 

As well as a chance to discuss bigger questions: why get creative about inclusivity? And why now? 

University of Cambridge Museums Remix Team

The University of Cambridge Museums Team works across the University’s eight museums and Botanic Garden, enabling collaborative activity and project delivery. This includes supporting programming and events, marketing and communications, digital engagement, volunteering, and more.

Inclusive practice in the post-lockdown world

DCN (Disability Collaborative Network)  and EMBED (a collaboration for a fresh approach to inclusive practice in the Heritage Sector) worked with the University of East Anglia to produce the Reopening Recommendations Support Service. This free resource considers barriers to disabled and neurodivergent visitors and workers as organisations plan to reopen or which have reopened. It provides pragmatic action-based solutions for museums and heritage organisations of all sizes and budgets. In this workshop, we will provide an introduction and practical tips on three spotlighted areas:

  • the role of toilets in the post-lockdown world
  • supporting your workforce to keep people safe
  • the role of language based on the social model of disability

Becki Morris, Director of DCN & Sarah Simcoe, Founder of EMBED

Becki Morris is the founder of the Disability Collaborative Network. Since 2015 the goal of the organisation has been to create intersectional and inclusive practice within the Heritage & Arts sector. 

Sarah Simcoe is the founder of EMBED; this consortium brings together inclusion focused consultants and organisations from across sectors and industries to offer accessible, affordable and inclusion focused services.

In 2020, DCN became a partner of EMBED, a unique cross-sector partnership to support the heritage sector in key skills and learning to develop a fresh approach to diverse museums and heritage organisations on their inclusion journey through the user experience, working practice and workforce.

Our Manifesto for the New Normal

The ‘new normal‘ has become one of the clichés of this year’s pandemic but what will the new normal mean in practice for museum workers?

With both a panel and group discussions, the seminar will explore what changes have had a major impact on work, and have been welcome. The pandemic has created opportunities to reflect on our past assumptions and behaviours. Can we commit to do things differently in future?

The seminar will be interactive and participants will be asked to join breakout groups and where possible participate in polls and to reflect on the changes that they have experienced and those that they might like to embed in future practice. The aim of the session is to begin to formulate a manifesto for the new normal. #Manifesto4NewNormal

The Panel:

  • Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association
  • Liam Wiseman, Relationship Manager, Museums (East), Arts Council England
  • Jenny Cousins, Director, Museum of East Anglian Life
  • Mark Bills, Director, Gainsborough’s House
  • Emily Clarke, Museum Assistant, Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service

Chair: Prof Jane Henderson, University of Cardiff



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