The diversity agenda is about valuing difference. It is about the range of visible and non-visible differences that exist between people. These differences include those relating to ethnicity and race, class, intellectual and physical ability, urban and rural living, faith and gender, sexuality and age. Celebrating diversity is about recognising that everyone is different and respecting and encouraging those differences for the benefits of all.

The diversity agenda for museums, libraries and archives is about engaging with and representing local communities. People with different backgrounds and attitudes bring fresh ideas, perceptions and world views. A diverse organisation can draw upon the widest range of experiences in order to respond to the needs of the community it serves and make services relevant, inclusive and accessible. It involves developing new audiences, innovative approaches to collection development and interpretation and transforming the services delivered.

For information about our projects and initiatives relating to diversity, please see the links below:

The Big Conversation - Diversity and your organisation
Update from the Diversity event held in March
Diversity network
MLA North West facilitates a regional Diversity network for museums, libraries and archives.
Community profiling
In May 2002 Regeneris were commissioned to undertake a community profiling exercise which would help MLA North West to work more strategically and to help museums, libraries and archives in the North West identify the needs of their local communities.
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Related Links:


Commission for Racial Equality

Moving Here:

For further information please contact Nicola Siminson, Learning and Access Officer
T: 01925 625059.

MLA North West
Ground Floor, The Malt Building, Wilderspool Park, Greenalls Avenue, Warrington WA4 6HL
Tel: 01925 625050 | Fax: 01925 243453

Source: https://mlanorthwest.org.uk/ourwork/learningandaccess/diversity/index.asp