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Delivering Change: Community Catalysts

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Introduction

Delivering Change is a Museums Galleries Scotland programme that recognises that museums have played a part in excluding the experiences and histories of many of Scotland’s people and communities. This three year programme, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, and the Scottish Government supports museums and galleries across Scotland to make changes to help all people to access culture. 

The Delivering Change team is working with a group of museums to make them safer and more inclusive for systemically excluded communities. This means that these museums will have developed the skills they need to work with communities in a way that respects and values people, and their experiences. 

Do you have an idea about how museums could work better for you or your community? Would you like up to £25,000 to help transform museums?

Why is diversity important in museums?

Narrow and incomplete representations of Scotland and Scottish people prevent us from creating a fair, tolerant, peaceful society. Museums don’t always represent the diversity that enriches Scotland. This is because museums have been built on models of systemic exclusion. 

Systemic exclusion is where groups of people have been intentionally disadvantaged based on their identity, while advantaging members of the dominant group. Disadvantaged identities could include people’s race, disability, sexuality, social class, education level, and gender.  

Delivering Change is working with museums to make them safer and more inclusive for systemically excluded communities. 

Support for communities

During Delivering Change we will support communities to connect with one of the 16 Museum Transformers we are working with. 

Each community will receive £2,000, training, and resources to develop their ideas.  

The Delivering Change team will work with you and your museum partner to help develop your idea and gain the tools to make it happen. 

Once your idea has been developed then you will receive up to £25,000 to fund it. 

We welcome your ideas for working together with a museum partner to build solidarity and transform museum spaces for you or your community. 

Some examples of ideas are: transforming museum displays, learning, research, or activities. Most importantly it’s your idea and we’re here to help make it happen. 

Who can participate?

You might want to get involved as a community organiser, or as part of a community group or organisation. No previous experience of museums or heritage is necessary. 

Funding information

Funding is available to support the development of your community’s ideas. To start with each community will receive £2,000, training, and resources to develop their ideas. 

Once your idea has been developed then you will receive up to £25,000 to fund it. 

Application information

Information on how to apply for this programme will be available from March 2024. In the meantime please email the project team with any questions or to get in touch.

Find out more

Information about the wider Delivering Change programme, the research that has helped develop it, and the language used in it.

Delivering Change
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