On Tuesday 2nd June organisations and individuals muted their social media in solidarity with Black communities in the UK and US. Heritage Doncaster also muted our social media yesterday, and our teams used the day to reflect on what we can do better.
We wanted to share with you some of the things we discussed, and some resources we have found useful. This is not the end of our discussions as an organisation.
We acknowledge that as a museum we have a long way to go in collecting objects and stories that share the experience of all of Doncaster’s community. Heritage Doncaster are prepared to be challenged on the items we collect and the stories we share, and the changes needed. We are listening.
What we are doing:
- We are already developing more mechanisms for co-curation and community led exhibitions (including the Moving Museum and Museum of You case in the new build museum). This will enable us to share more stories from the perspectives of those with lived experience
- We are taking the time to learn and listen. Staff teams have been seeking out resources and are engaging and educating themselves.
- We have committed to loaning objects from community groups and individuals for display in the new Danum Gallery, Library and Museum to better showcase the stories of our communities, especially in areas where our collection has gaps.
- We are working with local organisations (including Second Generation) to learn more about Doncaster’s black history. We will be sharing stories on Windrush Day celebrating Doncaster’s first and second generation of Caribbean migrants.
- We commit to listening when challenged on the stories we share and what we collect
- We are examining and updating the way in which we collect objects to ensure our collections are more representative and diverse
We will be exploring what is needed to decolonise our collections. See: https://www.museumnext.com/article/what-does-it-mean-to-decolonize-a-museum/
(Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Please see the resource lists at the bottom of the page for other suggestions and routes).
Books available from Doncaster Libraries:
Americanah by Chimamande Ngozi Adichie
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sing by Maya Angelou
Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Generation edited by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
The Windrush betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment by Amelia Gentleman
Brit(ish): on Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
Me and white supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F Saad
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Natives by Akala
White Fragility: Why It’s so hard for White People to talk about Racism byRobin DiAngelo
There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack by Paul Gilroy
Talking About Race, National Museum of African American History and Culture: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race
Article: What does it mean to decolonize a museum?, https://www.museumnext.com/article/what-does-it-mean-to-decolonize-a-museum/
Article: On Being Comfortable with Discomfort: Tiffany Jewell Explains What It Means To Be Anti-racist by Vanessa Willoughby https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=tiffany-jewell-anti-racism-childrens-nonfiction-author-interview
Listen and Watch
Stories of Doncaster’s Second Generation Caribbean community- to be shared on 21st June 2020 on this website
Podcast: About Race with Reni Eddo- Lodge
Videos: The Grapevine https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB2dczZO9i__9QaaV254kiaQWSHdctx9Z
Video: Akala address at Oxford Union, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUtAxUQjwB4&t=20s
Video: That Black British Feeling- Newsbeat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB2IcH668xo&t=166s
Tasha K’s Anti-Racism Resource List Paypal: [email protected]
What Can I Do Resource List:
Black Lives Matter- Ways to Help