Mainstreaming Equality and
Diversity at The National Archives
in the UK
Head of Education & Outreach
The National Archives...
Say hello to our audience…
11,000,000 boxes = something for everyone
We just need to bring the two together!
However… this is not always easy
I’m not from
here…
I’m not from
here…
I’m only 8 years
old…
I’m only 8 years
old…
My history isn’t
mainstream…
My history ...
Mainstreaming
Equality & Diversity
is about the whole
organisation removing the
barriers
The National Archives’ Public Task
9
Our responsibility is
for the government record,
its past and future, its use and re-...
authentic
accessible
available
to all
11
The Essential Museum
“If satisfying the user’s
internalized questions
became the main mission
of the museum, it might
t...
Five easy steps to
becoming ‘Essential’
Step 1 – Build a Global Empire
13
14
Step 2 – Photograph It
“Governors to arrange for
the taking of photographs
of noteworthy buildings
and scenery … togeth...
Step 3 – Repeat Step 2 for 120 years to create
35,000 images from around the globe
15
Step 4 – Deposit in The National Archives
16
Step 5 – Add to Flickr and issue a press release
www.flickr.com/photos/nationalarchives/collections/72157632921688592/
17
Caribbean Through a Lens
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/caribbean
18
19
20
21
Objects of the Project
• Promote wide community
engagement
• Prioritise outreach
techniques
• Empower community-led
re-...
Caribbean through a lens – at a glance
• An 18 month User
Participation project
working in community
• 50 partnerships cre...
Caribbean Through a Lens
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/caribbean
23
St Mungo’s – Homeless Women’s Group
24
Kingsway Project – Community Exhibition
25
Cuming Museum – Intergenerational Project
26
Haringey Project - Inspiring Caribbean Memories
27
Impact of the project
Immediate Impact
• 65,000 + visitors to community
curated exhibitions
• 49,300 Flickr views
• 3,500 ...
29
The Essential Museum
“If satisfying the user’s
internalized questions
became the main mission
of the museum, it might
t...
A step towards the Essential Archive?
30
“We’ve never been
treated so nicely in
such a big building”
“We’ve never been
tre...
Our audience is diverse… Our
Andrew Payne
Head of Education
The National Archives
andrew.payne@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk
020 8392 5319
www.nationalar...
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  • And that is why, with the exec team and the management board, we have defined our public task, very simply and clearly.
    We will fight for the public record. We’ll be there.
    In a tough funding environment for information and records management in government. Where departments have a huge volume of information assets to keep. When the archive sector across the country needs our help to ensure that they can meet their obligations to the record. When the public partly depend on us to get access to the transparent government they deserve.
    Our role is fundamental. We have the credibility to do this. And we have an important part in the government’s transparency agenda, as the front-line service for the public record
  • Andrew Payne Mainstreaming Diversity At The National Archives

    1. 1. Mainstreaming Equality and Diversity at The National Archives in the UK Head of Education & Outreach The National Archives Andrew Payne
    2. 2. Say hello to our audience…
    3. 3. 11,000,000 boxes = something for everyone
    4. 4. We just need to bring the two together!
    5. 5. However… this is not always easy
    6. 6. I’m not from here… I’m not from here… I’m only 8 years old… I’m only 8 years old… My history isn’t mainstream… My history isn’t mainstream… I have a disability… I have a disability… I don’t trust Government … I don’t trust Government … I’m not an academic… I’m not an academic…
    7. 7. Mainstreaming Equality & Diversity is about the whole organisation removing the barriers
    8. 8. The National Archives’ Public Task 9 Our responsibility is for the government record, its past and future, its use and re-use, authentic, available and accessible to all
    9. 9. authentic accessible available to all
    10. 10. 11 The Essential Museum “If satisfying the user’s internalized questions became the main mission of the museum, it might then become ‘essential’.” “If satisfying the user’s internalized questions became the main mission of the museum, it might then become ‘essential’.” Elaine Heumann Gurian The Essential Museum 2006
    11. 11. Five easy steps to becoming ‘Essential’
    12. 12. Step 1 – Build a Global Empire 13
    13. 13. 14 Step 2 – Photograph It “Governors to arrange for the taking of photographs of noteworthy buildings and scenery … together with individuals of various races peculiar to the colony.” “Governors to arrange for the taking of photographs of noteworthy buildings and scenery … together with individuals of various races peculiar to the colony.” Right Honourable 2nd Earl Granville Secretary of State for the Colonies 1859
    14. 14. Step 3 – Repeat Step 2 for 120 years to create 35,000 images from around the globe 15
    15. 15. Step 4 – Deposit in The National Archives 16
    16. 16. Step 5 – Add to Flickr and issue a press release www.flickr.com/photos/nationalarchives/collections/72157632921688592/ 17
    17. 17. Caribbean Through a Lens www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/caribbean 18
    18. 18. 19
    19. 19. 20
    20. 20. 21 Objects of the Project • Promote wide community engagement • Prioritise outreach techniques • Empower community-led re-use of images • Inform future outreach practice
    21. 21. Caribbean through a lens – at a glance • An 18 month User Participation project working in community • 50 partnerships created, 34 outputs from around the country • Events at High Commissions, museums, libraries, community centres, schools, charities, homeless shelter and a prison 22
    22. 22. Caribbean Through a Lens www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/caribbean 23
    23. 23. St Mungo’s – Homeless Women’s Group 24
    24. 24. Kingsway Project – Community Exhibition 25
    25. 25. Cuming Museum – Intergenerational Project 26
    26. 26. Haringey Project - Inspiring Caribbean Memories 27
    27. 27. Impact of the project Immediate Impact • 65,000 + visitors to community curated exhibitions • 49,300 Flickr views • 3,500 + people in local and regional workshops Long Term Impact? • Evaluation underway • Will there be a Domino Effect? • Is this a step towards the Essential Archive? 28
    28. 28. 29 The Essential Museum “If satisfying the user’s internalized questions became the main mission of the museum, it might then become ‘essential’.” “If satisfying the user’s internalized questions became the main mission of the museum, it might then become ‘essential’.” Elaine Heumann Gurian The Essential Museum 2006
    29. 29. A step towards the Essential Archive? 30 “We’ve never been treated so nicely in such a big building” “We’ve never been treated so nicely in such a big building”“Any more things happening here?” “Any more things happening here?”
    30. 30. Our audience is diverse… Our
    31. 31. Andrew Payne Head of Education The National Archives andrew.payne@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk 020 8392 5319 www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education

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