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Supporting Decolonisation in Museums

Our new guidance, Supporting Decolonisation in Museums, aims to empower more people to take action and lead change as museums address the legacy of British colonialism.

This guidance has been produced by our Decolonisation Guidance Working Group, with support from our Ethics Committee and a range of critical friends. It was developed following the findings of our 2019 Empowering Collections report which recognised the growing interest in decolonising museums, but a lack of confidence in how to put this into practice.  

Supporting Decolonisation in Museums covers all areas of practice, with sections on collaboration, collections, workforce and more. The guidance offers prompts for thinking, discussion and action, recognising there is no single ‘right’ way to decolonise museums.  It is intended to help people from across the museum sector to engage with decolonising practice, regardless of size or type of institution.  


“Working to collaboratively create a resource to support museums to be aware of the effects of the legacy of colonialism and to actively pursue decolonial practice has been an exciting and rewarding learning experience. The working group members generously shared their knowledge and experience and challenged one another throughout this process. I’m excited to keep learning and growing with the wider sector as they engage with this tool.”

Rachael Minott, Chair, Decolonisation Guidance Working Group

         Supporting Decolonisation in Museums - Museums Association

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Museum of Homelessness welcomes new trustees

Announcing new trustees!

Museum of Homelessness is delighted to announce the appointment of four new trustees today, 6th October 2021. We welcome Aderonke Apata, Dr. Stephanie Grohmann, Rachael Minott and Martha Spurrier to the board.

Museum of Homelessness Chair of Trustees, Sharon Heal, said

“We are delighted to be welcoming our new trustees to the Museum of Homelessness. This is an important moment in the development of the museum and we know from our work over the past 18 months that the stories and experience of those that are homeless need to be captured and remembered now more than ever. Our new trustees bring a wealth of personal, professional and campaigning experience and we look forward to working with them in this exciting new phase of the development of the museum.”

Museum of Homelessness welcomes new trustees – Museum of Homelessness


Jericho Writers: A Writer’s Guide to Inclusive


By Rachael Minott

Disappearing into a great book can be a transformative experience – a form of escapism and an expansion of your understanding.  When I’m diving into the world constructed by a creative author, I want to feel as though I belong in that world. Reading inclusive language is one of the ways in which all readers can feel connected to a story.  

So how can you ensure you don’t exclude any of your readers and you help them feel seen?  

Firstly, ask yourself this simple question… 

Read more: A Writer’s Guide to Inclusive Language – Jericho Writers


The things we painted gold
May 3-29 2016

Ones relationship to gold is complex, arbitrary and universal. Gold can be so evocative that it can simultaneously inspire declarations of love and acts of violence. This contradiction and polarisation of emotions was the compelling force that brought the artists Gabriella Gilmore and Rachael Minott together.


Gabriella Gilmore is a UK based artist who explores the concept of making physical representation of spiritually significant spaces, often times recreating these space in environments foreign to their immediate significance. Through the formation of her pieces, she finds connections that transcend physical boundaries.




Rachael Minott is Jamaican born artist, living and working in the UK. Her practices focuses on the Caribbean and the power of self-representation in art. Through her practice she explores cultural self-portraiture as an act of empowerment and draws heavily upon religious iconography to restage historical narratives from Caribbean perspectives.

Through this exhibition they respond to their experience collaborating during the 4th Ghetto Biennale, where they attempted to recreate the Holy Trinity Cathedral out of found materials. The Cathedral had been the home to a number of Haitian masterpieces: murals created by Haitian artists depicting religious scenes using black figures and vivid Vodou imagery. The cathedral and the murals were destroyed in 2010 during the devastating earthquake that caused unspeakable damage to the country, and left scars so deep they threaten becoming a part of the countries landscape.

Minott and Gilmore are responding to their experience in Haiti and tracing the lines they found that crossed religious, geographical and cultural boundaries in gold.     

For further infromation see St Katherine's Precinct site.

4th Ghetto Biennale 2015 KREYÒL, VODOU and the LAKOU: forms of resistance REZIREKSYON
December 2015

Gabriella Gilmore and Rachael Minott are two UK based artists who explore within their practice concepts of recreation, memory, spirituality and identity. They will be examining the process of forming a new cultural space from existing ideas and practices by recreating the structure of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which had been destroyed for the 6th time by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. 


The reconstruction will be influenced by other cultural imagery alive in the island, with the intention of exploring the process of re-appropriation and the merging of cultures as seen throughout the Caribbean and particularly through Haitian Kreyol and the practice of Vodou...

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Rachael Minott and Gabby Gilmore accepted as participants to the Ghetto Biennale 2015 

Gabriella Gilmore and Rachael Minott are two UK based artists who explore within their practice concepts of recreation, memory, spirituality and identity. They will be examining the process of forming a new cultural space from existing ideas and practices by recreating the structure of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which had been destroyed for the 6th time by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. 


Rachael Minott shortlisted for the Platform Graduate Award 2014.

September 2014


One recent arts graduate from each of the five participating galleries in the South East region has been put forward to be considered for the award. This year a total of 31 artists were selected from 16 participating universities and colleges. The overall winner will be announced at a special event on 1 November at Aspex gallery in Portsmouth.


The five recent graduate artists who have been put forward to be considered for the award of £2500 and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional


Exhibition press

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Irony and social commentary are perennial themes that have a place in the art and literary worlds. Rachael Minott’s “Jamaica choosing its Lover” is mounted in an old fashioned, highly stylized academic frame and executed in oils on card. The painting depicts a pudgy orange haired Caucasian man in stars and stripes bathing trunks (Trump like?) being fondled by a Jamaican Arawak figure, while the lurking Baron Samedi-like skeleton character on the right looks on. The style that she adopts to present a contemporary conundrum portrayed in an archaic, academic manner highlights the current political problem and places it in a continuum of historical choices. Like Greg Bailey, there is humour, double entendre and pathos, with a subtlety that leaves a more lasting impression, leaving one curious about the next thought or image to be conjured up through this thinker/artist.

Platform Award for Art

September 19, 2014

The International Gallery of Jamaica at Modern Art Oxford presents:
Evangelic: A Private View

Three short talks that introduce the ideas behind Rachael Minott’s Platform exhibition.


Rachael Minott introduces the history to the figures in her artworks : Sam Sharpe, Paul Bogle and George William Gordon and the work of Baptist Missionaries from England to Jamaica, reflecting on the role of objects and artworks in articulating these histories.


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