Small museums should spearhead drive to decolonise museum practice

At least 40% of UK museums are in rural areas, according to ​a preliminary estimate of the Mapping Museums research project at Birkbeck, University of London. Most are small and independent.

The National Trust is the main custodian of Accredited museums rural regions and, given the recent public and political interest in the organisation’s exploration of its properties’ colonial histories, it is a critical time to address decolonial practices in small, rural museums.

The sector has been debating the value of decolonising practice, its practical applications and even whether museums can be truly decolonised for some time.

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