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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Scottish Heritage

Also known as the EDISH Project, this Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded partnership project helped to embed better working and engagement practices and policies across the Scottish heritage sector.


This year-long project delivered a collaborative programme of engagement with Scottish heritage organisations around Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). The project helped create capacity to address EDI issues (with a special focus on race) in some of Scotland’s largest and most influential heritage organisations, through working with closely networked partners from within the sector. 

Partners on this project included: 

The project work centred on 3 strands. 

Strand One

Involved using the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Museum Galleries Scotland’s extensive networks to facilitate a large survey of heritage professionals about EDI awareness and challenges, to identify specific gaps in knowledge and practice to address in Strand 3. This information was also a research base for Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums.

Strand Two

Focused on delivering work placements within Scotland’s museums and in the wider heritage sector. These pilots were designed to generate impact through creating templates for future EDI-focused placements run by heritage organisations. The placements were run in the autumn of 2021 and were remunerated through a bursary administered by MGS.   

Strand Three

Focused on dissemination, including the development of a suite of resources (toolkit) for BAME-focused community heritage projects.

By working with the heritage sector to map challenges, build links with diverse communities, and involve young people (and potential future employees), directly with decision-making mechanisms, the project sought to address inequalities by embedding better working and engagement practices and policies across the heritage sector in Scotland. 

Heritage toolkit
(PDF, 9 MB)

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If you'd like to find out more about the EDISH project, please get in touch with our Senior Partnerships Manager, Devon McHugh.

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