The National Library of Wales is proposing work to ‘decolonize’ its archives to showcase the nation’s diverse history

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The National Library of Wales is offering a new position in an effort to highlight the diversity of Welsh history and help the institution play an active role in promoting a country of Anti-racist Wales.

The role of leader of the Archives Decolonization Project will aim to celebrate the contribution of black, Asian and minority ethnic people to Wales, they said.

The two-year role which pays a minimum of £24,899 is advertised with a closing date of September 5.

“The Library has always embraced and celebrated the diversity of Wales and we want to play an active role in promoting an anti-racism Wales and implementing the Wales Anti-Racism Action Plan recently published by the Welsh Government,” the National Library of Wales said. .

“This position will play a key role in helping us achieve this ambition.”


They added that the person proposed for the position would be passionate about ensuring that the library’s collections and activities represent all aspects of Welsh life and history, in particular the individuals and communities under -represented.

“The most important qualification for this role is that you are able to draw on your lived experience and engage effectively with a wide range of people,” they said.

“The ability to communicate through Welsh is a definite advantage for this role, but not absolutely essential.”

The person taking on the role will:

  • Discover and find ways to tell stories through the lens of the past and present experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people and celebrate their contribution to the history of Wales.
  • Find ways to break down barriers to heritage and cultural collections through relevant, innovative and engaging experiences that appeal to a range of communities.
  • Work with community-based organizations to co-design opportunities that will engage Black Asian and ethnic minority people and allow them to express their creativity, heritage, language, cultural identity and backgrounds.

Those interested in taking on the role should email [email protected] by 2pm on September 5, 2022, they said.

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