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Reimagining Museum Collecting & Collections in Natural History: A Decolonial Perspective

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Decolonising natural history collections and related knowledge requires tracing how specimens and objects were collected, acquired and moved worldwide as well as acknowledging the labour and contribution of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour in the process. It reveals the influence of local academic or Indigenous knowledge and its subsequent suppression. These narratives are commonly absent from the interpretation of natural history collections particularly in relation to colonial histories which will be explored in this talk. The misrepresentation of the past is problematic because it alienates non-white audiences. Acknowledging difficult pasts is an important first step in creating more inclusive and representative interpretation across the natural history and the museums sector.

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