Culture Change, Decolonising Brighton & Hove Museums
‘Culture Change’ is our work to be more socially just and to tell all our histories – and not just from a white, western perspective.
We have gradually been including more varied stories from different viewpoints over the past few years, but this has been undertaken on a project-by-project basis.
‘Culture Change’ will draw together our staff, our buildings and collections, our resources, our communities and strategic partners to promote holistic organisational change.
We accept that in some cases this process will be difficult, but we are completely committed to its delivery.
‘Culture Change’ is generously funded by the James Henry Green Trust.
Image: “Men of the Empire to Arms!”
This First World War recruitment poster called for Men of the Empire to Arms!
Britain drew extensively on its empire for both men and materials. India contributed the largest number of men in absolute terms, while New Zealand lost 5% of its men aged between 15 and 49. Black soldiers from Africa and the Caribbean, played a key part in the Allied victory. Yet they were barred from fighting on the Western Front, as the British government were concerned that black men fighting alongside and against white men could undermine colonial structures. After the war, black men were excluded from the July 1919 victory parade past the newly built Cenotaph in London.
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