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‘Keeping Connected’ coffee time online events
The last 18 months have been a challenging time for us all, with many of us working in isolation with limited contact with colleagues and peers. This was and is a particularly challenging at a time when the sector has also been under growing pressure to take action and implement change, when sharing support and advice with each other is so important. 
In 2021 MEG have been organising ‘Keeping Connected’ meetups on zoom. This is our second event and as before our aim is to provide a safe space to support and care for our each other as we work through particular challenges or changes to practice. We will anchor each session on a particular issue, inviting colleagues and community members who have recent experience to share some of their reflections and work. It will be an opportunity to ask questions, talk through barriers, share examples of best practice, chat to friends, and hear about the work that is being done in this area.
Thursday October 7th 11am – 1pm – Terminology

​In this second session, we will be focusing on problematic terminology, including current work on addressing racist and other offensive language in museum collection databases and online platforms, historic language, the use of trigger warnings, and staff skills and training needed for this work in museums.
Speakers confirmed:
Gabriella de la Rosa (Lead Editor of digital content, National Trust)
Gabriella will speak about the National Trust’s work to address outdated and offensive terminology in its collections management database, showing how its cataloguing has been informed by historic language in country house inventories, auction house records as well as individual bias.
Kathleen Lawther (Freelance Curator and Collections Consultant)
Kathleen will speak about her work on identifying and dealing with offensive and problematic language in museum’s public collections information. She will share her research findings on current practice and approaches to such terminology as well as the use of trigger warnings. She will discuss the skills and knowledge needed to deal effectively with problematic terms related to collections, and how to incorporate this into training new staff.

Carissa Chew (PHD candidate, formerly the Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion intern at the National Library of Scotland) & Stephen Rigden, Digital Archivist, Archives and Manuscript Division, National Library of Scotland

Carissa and Stephen will be speaking about their work at the National Library of Scotland reviewing and developing non-discriminatory library cataloguing practices and reviewing language and representation related to cultural sensitivity. They will share findings and introduce the Inclusive Terminology Guide and Glossary and Cultural Heritage Terminology network they have created as part of this work.


This event is open to members only. Please book through Eventbrite here:


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