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Curating for Change programme Launches

Curating for Change, a ground-breaking work placement programme for D/deaf and disabled curators in museums, launches today thanks to an award of £950,900.00 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Today Screen South, through its pioneering Accentuate Programme, has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £950,900.00 for an England-wide heritage project that aims to be transformational for the museum sector. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, Curating for Change will provide a landmark Fellowship and Traineeship programme which includes fully funded paid work placements with mentoring and training opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people wanting to pursue a career within museums.

Fellows and Trainees will be hosted by more than 20 partner museums from across England and each Fellow will have space to research and curate a range of new exhibitions and events for more than 240,000 visitors across 9 locations.

This is the first time that such a significant range and calibre of museums have come together to create a network of activities that will begin to tackle the under-representation of disabled people in our museums.​​​​​​​

Currently there are 14.1 million disabled people living in the UK. 19% of working age adults are disabled (Family Resources Survey, 2018-19). Disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people (ONS Labour Force Survey, April to June 2020).

The inequalities are further accentuated within the museum sector workforce, with only 4% defining as D/deaf or disabled. Curating for Change will start to address the significant gap in access and employment across the heritage sector which, to date, had been largely ignored.

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