The V&A is the world’s largest museum of art and design and includes the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green. The museum sought to embed issues of cultural diversity across several aspects of its work, from research, collections, and public programmes, to marketing and staff development.
Specific strands aimed to:
- Uncover ‘hidden histories’ of the V&A’s collections of relevance to the African diaspora and to faith communities
- Develop new collections which reflected the diverse backgrounds of London’s communities, in particular black and Asian UK theatre and childhood in East London
- Encourage new, diverse audiences to access the V&A, increase intercultural understanding and contribute to social cohesion
- Develop partnerships with BAME organisations and deliver training in heritage skills for and with these organisations and within the V&A
- Contribute to long-term change within the V&A