Looking for a speaker or facilitator for your next event or conference? Here’s a short list of Museum Detox speakers and how to get in touch with the directly. They all work in museums/heritage organisations or are freelancers and provide their services to Museum Detox on a voluntary basis.
Osman Yilmaz / HR Consultant / Tate
Inclusion, employee engagement and diverse identities at work, employment law and best practice
osman.yilmaz@ , London
Sana Ikram / Outcomes Coordinator / The Prince’s Trust
A former SOCL trainee. Diverse audiences, Training schemes, Museum workforce
@skhan92, skhan92@ , London
Sonya Dyer / Artist, writer, curator
Freelance Artist, writer and freelance curator / consultant working across the museum and gallery sector. Contemporary art, curatorial practices visual art, visual culture, gallery engagement practices, futurism / Afrofuturism, feminism, Black diaspora, intersectionality
Instagram @mssonyadyer, London
Cedar Lewisohn / Artist and curator
Curated major exhibitions, including Street Art at Tate Modern. Contemporary art, art and food, Street Art, the art market, film, graphic novels/comics, general cultural issues
Michael Ohajuru / Project Director The John Blanke Project
Senior Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies specialising in community and cultural engagement through understanding and presenting its history. Black presence in Renaissance Europe
Shaz Hussain / Assistant Curator / Science Museum
Creator of the White Privilege Clinic Diversity and inclusion, British art and social history
@shazhussain93 , London
Lynsey Rutter / Community Engagement Team Leader / Birmingham Museums Trust
Community Engagement practitioner with 8 years experience in the museum sector. Experienced in developing community focused exhibitions, running youth forums, consultation and participatory practice. Community Engagement, Exhibition Development, Informal Learning, Young People
Dianna Djokey Heritage Consultant / Curator
Museum Educator Independent Museum professional who advocates for inclusion. Audience Engagement, Inclusion, BAME representation, Maritime History
@DiannaDjokey or ddjokey41@ , Portsmouth (Hampshire)
Elizabeth Scott / Head of Guildhall Galleries / City of London Corporation Curation
Collections, Project Management, Change Management, Representation, Social History, London’s History (general and transport specific), London
Liam Wiseman / Heritage Engagement Manager / Bristol Old Vic
Community Engagement, Emerging Museum Professionals, Project Management, Decolonisation, Inclusivity
Dhikshana Turakhia Pering / Learning Officer: Young People (18-25) / London Transport Museum
Learning, Engagement, Outreach, Young People, Workforce Diversity
Dhikshana has a background in museum and gallery education and extensive experience from the Science Museum and expertise in young people and leading successful learning and outreach teams. Her role at London Transport Museum and as lead on the Museums Association 2017 Conference panel focused on workforce diversity and she advised on the latest DCMS National Museums Review. Dhikshana has lectured on innovative and best practice at UCL; sits on an advisory panel for the Royal Society Places of Science fund; Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, on the Steering Group for Museum Detox and Culture Now networks; Trustee for the Museums Association.
Amisha Karia / Head of Collection, Loans & Programming / Paintings in Hospitals
Collections Management, Managing Loans Programmes, Arts/Health/Wellbeing
Lisa Kennedy / Assistant Curator / Science Museum
Advocate for the relevance of history, art and culture, especially in museums and galleries.
lisasadekennedy@ , London
Niharika Jain / Marketing Manager (Theatre & Dance) / Barbican
Experienced marketer who has worked across cultural venues including Historic Royal Palaces, British Museum and the National Theatre. Marketing, data, audiences, creative campaign planning
Chiedza Mhondoro / Freelance Creative Producer
Counterpoints Arts Visual Arts professional with experience of working in museums and arts centres on exhibitions, public programming and arts education. Arts-led approaches to social transformation
Priya Khanchandani / Deputy Editor Icon Magazine
Priya Khanchandani MA (Cantab) MA (RSA) FRSA, is a writer and curator based in London. She was recently appointed Deputy Editor of Icon, is a Trustee of Engage and co-runs Museum Detox. Previously she worked on the acquisition of new objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum and as Head of Arts Programmes for India at the British Council. She has contributed to publications like Frieze, the White Review and Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Design and is a cultural commentator who has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. I am a regular speaker on decolonising museums particularly in the context of their connection with Empire in India and also how this ties in with Museum Detox’s work.
Shasti Lowton / Curator and Independent Art Consultant / Science Museum Group/ Independent
Shasti is an innovative Curator and Art Consultant Curatorial practice, museum collections, diversity and inclusion and building and accessing visual arts collections
Ferren Gipson / Social Media Marketer / Art UK Art
Historian, digital marketer in the arts, and podcast host Digital marketing, e-commerce, diversity, pop culture, social media
Sandra Shakespeare / Arts & Heritage Consultant / Museum Detox
Freelance arts and heritage professional with a background in community participatory programmes Particpation and social inclusion arts practice with diverse communities through heritage and arts based collections. Passionate about equality and representation of BAME people in Museum spaces. Trustee for Youth Club Archives
sandramuseumdetox@ , London
Subhadra Das / Curator / UCL Culture
Curator of the medical and science collections at University College London. I tell engaging and affirming decolonial stories about the history of science and medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries, specifically the history of scientific racism.
Antonia Canal / Development Officer / Heritage Lottery Fund
Project lead, events producer and facilitator. Committed to community development. Audience development and community engagement; Young people’s empowerment and skills development; Project management.
Caroline Hussey-Bain / Patrons Manager
With over 10 year experience in the Art and Heritage sector I specialise in relationship management be it with Donor, Artists and the Public. Democratization of Philanthropy / Equality and values in the Art and Heritage Sector
Charlotte Holmes / National Trust
Across Art & Heritage, an experienced community facilitator and equality and diversity trainer I am actively engaged in sharing ideas and reflections around engagement and decolonial practice in museums; with an interest in workforce and ways of working.
@charlotteholmz / charlotte198106@ , Birmingham
Mo Suleman / Director of Resources / Derby Museums
A qualified accountant with many years of creating and leading world class finance functions. I consider myself an expert in anything finance related. As East Midlands Chamber of Commerce entrepreneur of the year, I also know a bit about commercial success
Cheryl Bowen / Freelance Educator and Heritage Consultant
Cheryl has worked for Local Authorities Youth Service and Cultural Development Services, a National Regeneration Charity, and a National Museum and Art Gallery. She has expertise and managed youth services and learning teams in the museum and heritage sector for the last 12 years in London. Cheryl has experience in developing, participating and managing International and European Youth Trips. Currently Strategic Executive and Steering Group Member, Museum Detox. Risk Rights and Reputation Programme Ambassador. Speaking areas: Audiences, Young People and Community Development and Management. Diversifying Audiences and Cultural Diverse Audiences. Managing partnerships. Well-being in Heritage and Strategic Development. email@example.com, Sheffield / London.
Hanouf Al-Alawi / Science Educator and Education Officer
Islamic Arabic Science/ Multicultural science Hanoufalawi@gmail.com, London
Salma Begum / Literary Assistant / The Good Literary Agency
I am Literary Assistant at The Good Literary agency, a social enterprise focused on discovering, developing and launching the careers of underrepresented writers. Speaking area: diversity in literature. @salmabe9, London
Arike Oke / Collections Development Archivist / Wellcome Collection
I am a writer and former roller-girl. Currently Collections Development Archivist at Wellcome working to include voices & perspectives that challenge as well as celebrate, that go further than ‘Great Men of Western Medicine’, that reflect who we are and where we’re going. Speaking areas: Inclusive collections, listening to diverse voices, active empathy in heritage practice. firstname.lastname@example.org , London