Museum Detox Speakers

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.

Shelley Angelie Saggar / Medicine Galleries Research Fellow / Science Museum

Culturally sensitive items in collections, indigenous studies, post colonialism, colonial heritage in museums.

@j4lebi /, London

Shuan Wallace / Director / Arc of Triumph

An arts cultural manager with experience of speaking and reporting on Diversity and Inclusion policies and practice in the UK cultural sector. Art of African Diaspora; Queer POC history and identity politics; Art policy and Management., London

Laura Hampden / Historic Environment Record Project Officer / Historic England

Archaeologist working towards greater representation within the profession. Inclusion and representation within the archaeological sector. Archaeology and Black British History. The archaeology of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. / @laurahampden, London

Kiran Sahota / Heritage Consultant / Believe in Me CIC 

A heritage consultant exploring South Asian history. I Undertake community projects to make history accessible to all. I specialise in Indian Military history and South Asian history. I have spoken about Women’s role in the war and Partition. I also speak about young people having access to history.

@bimcic /, Birmingham and London

Osman Yilmaz  / HR Consultant  / Tate

Inclusion, employee engagement and diverse identities at work, employment law and best practice, London

Sana Ikram / Outcomes Coordinator / The Prince’s Trust

A former SOCL trainee. Diverse audiences, Training schemes, Museum workforce
@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, London

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
@michael1952, London

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
@LynseyFair, Birmingham

Dianna Djokey Heritage Consultant / Curator

Museum Educator Independent Museum professional who advocates for inclusion. Audience Engagement, Inclusion, BAME representation, Maritime History
@DiannaDjokey or, 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
@liamthewiseman, Bristol

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.
@DTPering, London

Amisha Karia / Head of Collection, Loans & Programming / Paintings in Hospitals

Collections Management, Managing Loans Programmes, Arts/Health/Wellbeing
@AmishaKaria, London

Lisa Kennedy / Assistant Curator / Science Museum

Advocate for the relevance of history, art and culture, especially in museums and galleries., 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
@Niharikartspeak, London

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
@ChiedzaTM, London

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.
@hiyapriya, London

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
@curatemovements, London

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, 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.
@littlegaudy, London

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., Manchester

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
@carolinehbxx, London

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 /, 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
@MoSulemanFCCA, Leicester

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.              , Sheffield / London.

Hanouf Al-Alawi Science Educator and Education Officer                                                                                                                                                     

 Islamic Arabic Science/ Multicultural science                                                                                                                                                                     , 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.                                                                                                                                                                     , London