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National Museum of Ireland cites Black Lives Matter and desires more inclusivity

Expressing a desire for more inclusivity, the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) has cited the Black Lives Matter movement, stating that it wants its facility to be a “more inclusive museum”.

Plans in relation to the post-Covid recovery of the museum sector will be addressed by representatives from the NMI to TD’s and Senators at the Oireachtas Tourism and Culture Committee today.

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A briefing note about the plans states that the NMI needs to focus “on inclusivity and our local and domestic communities – not just international tourists”.

While saying that museums play a role in maintaining the well-being of communities, NMI chair Catherine Heaney stated that “political engagement in our dialogue on an inclusive museum” will require targets that surpass visitor numbers.

She added, “The Black Lives Matter movement, which became an active voice in the pandemic, has highlighted that museums across the globe have a distance to travel.”

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The movement has resulted in some museums around the world reevaluating some of the artefacts that they display.

One example of this is the removal of the bust of physician Hans Sloane at the British Museum, due to its links with slavery in the 17th century.

At the committee, the NMI will reference the important role that cultural institutions play in “the rebuilding of our society” but that it must “reflect the multiple identities of our communities”.

IMAGE – Montecruz Foto

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