Major £950k Curating for Change project offers work placements for d/Deaf and disabled people 5 Nov 2021

The Curating for Change project is launching a new £950k Fellowship and Traineeship programme for d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people who would like to pursue a career in museums across England. This addresses one of the most pressing disparities in the sector: 19% of working age adults are disabled in the UK, but the number working in museums is only 4% . The programme is managed by Accentuate, a long-term initiative on disabled people’s history and empowerment based at Screen South, and backed by £950k in NLHF funding. Fellows and Trainees will be hosted by more than 20 partner museums, and will have space to research and curate a range of new exhibitions and events across nine locations. The 20 participating museums are of all sizes, and include Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, the National Museum of Liverpool and National Railway Museum, York. Head of Accentuate Esther Fox said “we can at last tackle the huge problem of the under-representation of D/deaf and disabled people in our museums - both as staff, and in the collections and the stories that are told. We are privileged to be working with a whole range of wonderful museums to bring about this change.” Contact Jane Sparkes at [email protected] to receive details of how to apply as they emerge. Screen South, MuseumNext