The BAME network for Museum and Heritage professionals


The UK’s first empowering, supportive and influential network dedicated to the needs of BAME heritage workers – our ages range from 20 to 65+!


A unique platform to showcase our dynamic members and to highlight our work for real change across the sector with new and existing BAME audiences.


We use our collective expertise to challenge narratives in cultural institutions through consultancy and advocacy, audience development and programming.

Welcome to Museum Detox

Museum Detox is a dynamic network of people working for radical change in our museums.

We came together because we were tired of being one of a few.

Museum Detox is the only network in the UK with black, Asian and minority ethnic museum workers with an age range spanning from 20 to 60. We formed our own sub groups and a steering committee where we organise and plan the things we want to do. Our members campaign, lobby, debate, advocate. Not forgetting some of the cool stuff, like VIP tours of the best exhibitions and our legendary Museum Detox socials. 

Who are we?

Museum Detox is a network of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds who creatively use radical approaches to dismantle unjust infrastructures in our national cultural institutions.

We start by challenging our own conscious biases, prejudices and stereotypes that we hold on ourselves and others. Through open and honest conversations, and surveys with our growing membership base, we share our views and concerns with the sector we work in.

Meet our Museum Detox Steering Group

We are currently compiling our steering group profiles. For now, why not find us on Twitter using the links below?

Sara Wajid

Sandra Shakespeare

Niti Acharya

Cheryl Bowen

Priya Khanchandani

Patrick Campbell

Thanh Sinden

Shaz Hussain

Miranda Lowe

Museum Detox

Latest Posts

Check in with our blog to find out what’s been going on in the world of Museum Detox

Where does it all meet? Thoughts on Tech, Museums and MuseumNext 2018

  If there was ever a statement to sum up recent conversations within the two worlds of tech and museums, it could be this: Nothing is neutral.   I attended[…]

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Museum Detox Champion: Shaz Hussain

  Shaz is an Assistant Curator at the Science Museum and independent consultant working towards the better representation of people of colour in the arts and heritage sector. Shaz is[…]

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Revere or Remove? Reflections on Making Change

The early evening of May 14, 2018 saw a contingent of twenty Museum Detoxers sitting en masse on the straight-backed pews of the Emmanuel Centre, a few doors down from the beating heart of UK politics in Westminster.

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Contact or Join Museum Detox

Want to feel the love of Museum Detox?

This is a network for BAME cultural professionals – whatever career stage, working as freelancers (at least 50% of this work is in museums, galleries, archives and heritage) or as staff members in organisations. Crucially, by “BAME” we are referring to non-White people who are descended, through one or both parents, from Africa, the Caribbean, Asia (the Middle-East to East Asia), Latin America, or the First Nations’ peoples of America and Australasia. While we recognise that there are overlapping and aligned forms of discrimination faced by White people of minority ethnicity and migrants, there are historically specific forms of racism facing BAME workers.

If you do not fall within the above definition, unfortunately we cannot accept your request to join.* We’ll send you a short form to complete. Once we have verified your details against our joining criteria we’ll confirm your membership via email.

*We understand that for some people who are volunteers or work in heritage and cultural institutions in a less defined and fluid role may not identify with the traditional roles of ‘cultural professionals’. For these people our steering group will review your joining request on a case by case basis.

We use this information for monitoring  and evaluation purposes and for future bid applications to sustain our network. Museum Detox adheres to data protection policies and you have the right to opt out at any time.

Contact Us

If you have a general query about Museum Detox or would like to discuss an event, please use our contact form below:

Impact of Museum Detox

A quick look at some of our work. More info coming soon.


Flashmob @ Museum of London

NEON Orgbuilders

NATSCA, Wellcome, SOAS, MuseumNext


UK MPD Network, Museums Association, AIM


Artnet UK


Mentoring, Coaching, Skillshare, Recruit


Diversity and Inclusion principles


All content, opinions and views expressed on this site are from members of the volunteer led network, Museum Detox. 

 Views shared here are not accountable to nor are they necessarily representative of individual members’ Museums, Galleries, Archives, or wider cultural organisations where they work.

We accept we have a responsibility with our personal views expressed via Museum Detox.

 We will not tolerate or accept abusive, threatening behaviour or online harassment towards our members. Incidents of this nature will be reported to the police.