Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Focus Group

Advisors Wanted

We want to enhance our story-telling, as well as change the way we run the Museum by improving equality, diversity and inclusion.  Can you help us achieve this by joining a new Focus Group?

  • Are you enthusiastic about the Black Country?
  • Would you like to help us better reflect your history?
  • Can you help us to learn how to make the Museum even more accessible, inclusive and welcoming for visitors?
  • Can you support us by ensuring those that run the Museum are more reflective of 21st century UK?

We are keen to hear from people who are able to volunteer their time four times a year, to support and challenge the Museum’s approach to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, and to support us with identifying practical solutions.


We are committed to sustaining a staff, volunteer and audience community where everyone feels valued, where their contribution matters and where they can reach their full potential, irrespective of their background, identity or circumstances.

As part of our continuing journey to embed diversity and inclusion into everything we do, we are launching ENRICH, an advisory Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Focus Group, so that we can learn from, support and represent diverse people with diverse perspectives.  This includes people:

  • who either work or are currently unemployed, or never worked;
  • who are disabled or have a neurodiverse profile;
  • who identify as LGBTQI+;
  • from a minority ethnic background or culture;
  • from different faiths and with different beliefs;
  • who are parents or carers.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: BCLM’s Statement of Intent

We believe Black Country Living Museum must reflect the diversity of the Black Country; to ensure the Museum, its Collections and its Programmes remain relevant and valued by our communities.

We are committed to creating and sustaining a staff, volunteer and audience community where everyone feels valued, where their contribution matters and where they can reach their full potential, irrespective of their background, identity or circumstances.

The Museum has a responsibility to its communities (inside and outside the Museum) to challenge the perceived status quo.

What will be expected of you? 

As a member of our EDI Focus Group we would like you to:

  • be an independent critical friend that challenges us to think more widely about diversity and inclusion;
  • provide insight using your personal lived experience to inform the story the Museum tells of the region through the generations;
  • identify opportunities for showing more diversity across the Museum’s workplace, sites and programmes;
  • help us continue to build relationships that support community empowerment; and
  • proactively demonstrate the benefits of valuing and celebrating different cultures and heritages. 

This is a volunteer role where you will:

  • meet like-minded people to share ideas and to network;
  • gain an understanding of the wider Equality, Diversity & Inclusion agenda in the workplace and the heritage sector; and
  • help us to connect Black Country heritage with global social change movements.

Volunteering is also known to improve wellbeing, and boost confidence, self-esteem and your mental health.

Who are we looking for?

  • People who have passion for helping others to understand more about their background and culture alongside the heritage of the Black County.
  • People who are able to constructively challenge and identify practical solutions.

 How will we support you?

  • Provide an induction and coaching session.
  • Provide a dedicated point of contact you can call any time you need support.
  • Provide work references, which can be given up to two years after you finish your volunteering with us.

What to expect?

  • The Focus Group will meet four times in a 12-month period.
  • There will be a minimal amount of pre-reading prior to each meeting.

How to get involved...

If you would like to be considered as an Advisor, please apply by sending a short supporting letter addressing the following questions:
  1. Why would you like to be involved?
  2. What experience do you have; perhaps through your work, existing volunteering, or other experience?
  3. Would this be your first experience of volunteering?
  4. What other skills, experience or knowledge would you bring?

You can email your application to Jo Turner on [email protected].

Alternatively, you can email your interest via audio or visual recording, addressing the same questions.  We would recommend that your recording is no more than 5 minutes long.

If you would like a chat with the Museum’s Chief Executive about this opportunity, this can be arranged via Jo Turner on [email protected] or 0121 521 3513.

If you would like to contact us in another way, then please let us know.  We are committed to building an accessible and inclusive environment for all and will do our best to respond in a way that is helpful to you.

The closing date for applications is 10 June 2022.