Inclusive Collections, Inclusive Libraries #RLUKICIL

Over the past few years, cultural heritage institutions, including research libraries from across the UK and beyond, have intensified their efforts to decolonise their collections and practices. Developing more inclusive collections, where a variety of voices are represented, is necessary to create a culture where equity, inclusivity, and diversity are the driving forces and where scholarship and learning can thrive.

However, there is a need for honest discussions about what drives decolonisation in institutions, how initiatives are delivered, the successes and failures, which can lead in identifying current gaps and needs in the sector.

Inclusive Collections, Inclusive Libraries is an RLUK programme of events that aims to foster conversation around decolonisation and inclusive practice in collecting, describing, presenting, and engaging with content in research library collections. It seeks to raise awareness about the opportunities and challenges of dealing with, contextualising, and engaging with offensive collections while also identifying and sharing examples of good practice.

Who should attend?

The Inclusive Collections, Inclusive Libraries series of events are virtual events that are free to attend and open to all. Staff from RLUK member institutions and other cultural heritage institutions nationally and internationally are particularly encouraged to attend.

▶️ Watch #RLUKICIL talks on demand

All Inclusive Collections, Inclusive Libraries talks will be recorded, and you can watch previous events on the RLUKICIL on Demand page.

Upcoming events

MAY 2023

Hannah Ishmael, Collections and Research Manager, Black Cultural Archives

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Can the archives be decolonised?

Tuesday 30 May, 14:00 – 15:00 (BST), 15:00 – 16:00 (CEST/SAST), 09:00 – 10:00 (EDT), 21:00 – 22:00 (AWST/CST), 23:00 – 00:00 (AEST), 06:00 – 07:00 (PDT)

In this talk, Hannah will present the approaches of Black Cultural Archives to dealing with questions of inclusion and diversity within the collections.

Hannah Ishmael is the Collections and Research Manager at Black Cultural Archives, an independent archive based in Brixton, South London. Hannah completed her PhD on the ‘Development of Black-led Archives in London’ from the Department of Information Studies in UCL.