Diversity & Inclusion
in the Outdoor Heritage Sector

What more can the Outdoor Heritage sector do to support community access to the outdoors, especially outside London?

Wednesday 5th October, 12pm-1pm (BST)

Research shows there is a lack of diversity in both visitors and employees of outdoor heritage sectors.

In 2019/2020, The Taking Part survey found those of Black ethnicity had visited heritage sites the least (41%) when compared with their white counterparts (75%) and research conducted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England found that only 1% of visitors to the UKs National Parks come from minority racial groups. Similarly, only 4.4% of middle managers in national and hub museums and 5.5% of those running independent creative and cultural businesses identified as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (Cultural Leadership Programme, 2014).

The outdoor heritage sector has long served British Middle Class communities and has struggled to create diverse and inclusive spaces that go further than short-term performative gestures. So, what can the outdoor heritage sector do to support community access to the outdoors?

We have already been working with many organisations within the outdoor sector to help identify and articulate the collective experiences of organisations and communities to identify challenges and barriers faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Our work with the Phoenix Fund, The National Trust and community organisations including: Bristol Steppin Sistas; Muslim Hikers and Black Girls Hike has been instrumental in the Phoenix Fund proposal for funding to better access and experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

But let's think bigger…

Discussion points:
- Why there is a perception that the outdoors are not for Black people;
- To what extent do heritage organisations need to account for the legacy of historic links to the slave trade;
- What is being done to promote the outdoor sector to Black communities;
- What the future looks like for Black led outdoor organisations

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Hosted by Mac Alonge (He/Him)
CEO and Founder of The Equal Group
Guest: Enoch Adeyemi
CEO and Founder of Black Professionals
Guest: Colleen Williams
Senior Marketer working in the Financial Services industry