Taxpayer money ‘was spent decolonizing museums’ because history was written by ‘white men’

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April 24, 2022, 11:14 p.m. | Updated: April 24, 2022, 11:52 PM

Museums Development England works with specialist museums such as the National Glass Centre.

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Taxpayers’ money would be spent to ‘decolonise’ museums in England which show history as being written by ‘rich, able-bodied white men’.

Millions of pounds have been donated by Arts Council England to advisory body Museum Development England, according to The Telegraph, with help needed for “equality and inclusion”.

Advice given by museum development to patrons of attractions would show that there can be “racist narratives” and “implicit racism” in museums because the history they cover was primarily written by “men white”.

The material would have been shared as part of a new equity and inclusion training program for managers.

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The guidance says: “History is written by the winners and in Europe and the British Empire the winners tend to be wealthy, able-bodied white men.

“There is a call to ‘decolonize’ museums to address their implicit racism (and sexism and ableism).

“The artificial concept of race has been the foundation of other theories aimed at justifying the oppression of people who are not white.

“This creation of a narrative of inferiority participated, sometimes subtly, in social and cultural institutions.

“Racist narratives and assumptions therefore inevitably underlie the creation of many museum collections and the way in which they have been interpreted.”

Museums Development typically works with small-scale specialist attractions, including dedicated cricket and knitting museums, to help them become officially accredited by Arts Council England.

The Yorkshire Cricket Museum, the Postal Museum in London, the Hovercraft Museum on the Solent, the National Glass Center and the Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum are among those currently applying for accreditation.

It receives £3 million a year from the state-funded Arts Council.

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