IWM Statement: #BlackLivesMatter
Making a statement about Black Lives Matter is no substitute for making actionable change.
Racism isn't just about hate. It spans unconscious bias, access, inclusion, perception, ignorance, apathy and dialogue. These are all things we can help to tackle through how we tell stories at IWM.
We know there’s a lot more we can do, and a long way for us to go.
Here are some of the things we will do:
> We will listen - to our peers, our staff, our visitors and the wider public
> We will have difficult conversations – including about our own history
> We will embrace topics perceived as ‘controversial’ which reveal or highlight issues that are uncomfortable or contested, nationally or internationally
> We will explicitly collect around excluded and underrepresented stories
> We will diversify our collections
We will increase the number of staff appointments from minority groups
> We will create an open and supportive environment for our staff to challenge and interrogate us
> We will tell more stories to represent marginalised narratives and experiences
> We will continue to implement access and inclusion training for all of our staff, at all levels
> We will continue to give a voice to an internal network of staff in place to be ‘critical friends’ to the museum on all issues of access and inclusion
All of these actions are measurable. We will report back on our progress to our Trustees who hold IWM to account on behalf of the public.
We will keep listening.