Developing Anti-Racist Messaging & Approaches for Museums | May SHSMG Event (ONLINE)

For our May event, we’ll be hearing from Rosie King and Sheila Asante from Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) (@MuseumsGalScot).

The Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums (ESSM) project, sponsored by the Scottish Government, was launched last year to explore how the story of Scotland’s involvement in the British Empire, colonialism, and transatlantic slavery should be told using museum collections and spaces.

As part of ESSM and the wider approach to embedding anti-racist practice in the Scottish museums sector, MGS is looking at how the sector could work together to manage negative comments on social media.

This includes the development of a glossary and set of FAQs that can be used to respond to the types of queries that museums often receive (and that they anticipate receiving in the future). They’re particularly keen on developing a consistent message and a wider shared approach for Scottish heritage organisations exploring these issues – this is where you come in.

During the event, the MGS team will introduce you to the project, cover their work so far, and explain future plans. They’ll also ask for your feedback on their draft resources (which will be circulated prior to the event – you will also be welcome to send your questions/comments to us beforehand).

It’s hoped that these will develop into resources that could be particularly useful for individuals behind social media accounts in Scottish heritage, especially those who are unable to access dedicated communications professionals.

After the short presentation, there’ll be time for a Q&A and general discussion.

Date & Time: Thu, 20 May 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 BST

Online: Zoom

Booking: Eventbrite


Thanks to our fantastic 2021 sponsor, we’re able to offer payment to all SHSMG speakers while keeping these events free for attendees:

“Whereverly create cultural and heritage tourism apps and websites.

We want tourists and locals to embrace local culture and heritage through music, song and stories, whilst discovering the hidden gems.

The Whereverly app and web platform makes creating a helpful tourism app easy. The content on Whereverly apps is produced for the most part by local communities, guides, heritage professionals, park rangers and local storytellers.

The Whereverly apps and website feature interactive maps, 3D maps, AR experiences, points of interests, favouriting and list building. As well as audio and non-audio walking, cycling, driving and rail tours. As well as music and stories delivered based on where the visitor is.

Example of our apps are Falkirk Explored, the North Coast 500, Scotland Starts Here, Explore Stirling, Highland Discovery and the Coig. We have developed supporting websites re-using the app content for the Coig and Scotland Starts Here. We are working on new heritage focussed projects which feature AR models, badge collecting and 3D maps.”

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