Louisa can work with organisations to support them to become more inclusive, particularly (but not exclusively) in relation to representing and engaging with BAME communities. She can offer a ‘fresh eye’ on an organisation’s practices and inclusivity in a non-judgemental way.
Louisa has delivered various diversity consultancy work, which began when she assessed the extent of social inclusion at Lyme Regis Museum in 2003. She was then commissioned by Lyme Regis Development Trust to assess the needs of young people in the town.
Louisa was one of three consultants who worked on the Chapelhay Arts Inclusion Project, which assessed the needs of Weymouth people in relation to the Arts.
In 2015 to 2016 Louisa worked as an Agent for Change as part of a pilot project run by Arts Council England. Agents were matched with organisations in the South West to support them to become truly inclusive. Louisa worked with Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery to develop representation of BAME communities; this included planning gallery content and setting up an ethnic diversity panel.
A legacy of Louisa’s work with the museum was that she and Hilary Bracegirdle co-organised the Plymouth Hidden Histories seminar on 29th and 30th November 2016. The seminar was hosted by Reach South West in conjunction with Plymouth University and funded by Arts Council England. The aim was to showcase examples of good practice in relation to researching diverse histories, and speakers presented on BAME history, LGBTQ history, disability and mental health. Watch the speakers presenting here.
The event was a great success – delegates described it as: ‘Transformative’, ‘positively emotional,’ ‘inspiring, challenging, thought-provoking’ and ‘accessible, stimulating, varied.’
‘Louisa worked with Plymouth Museum as an Agent for Change. We clicked immediately, both as an organisation and as individuals. Louisa worked with tact and enthusiasm, encouraging staff to think holistically in terms of diversity, and encouraging open discussion. We subsequently appointed Louisa to co-develop and co-deliver the Hidden Histories Seminar, which was one of the highlights of my career. Her positivity and encouragement has given me the confidence to challenge assumptions around diversity across organisations with which I am involved.’
Hilary Bracegirdle, Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery.