In February 2021, Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) invited 25 of the country’s leading heritage bodies and charities to a meeting to tell them “to defend our culture and history from the noisy minority of activists constantly trying to do Britain down”. Arm’s length bodies are being given specific policies from central government on how they should manage their collections and deal with ‘contested heritage’.
This is the latest in a series of similar messages from government departments, The Charity Commission and MPs which present equality work and anti-racist work as pandering to a dangerous “woke minority”.
We held an open meeting to see if our concern was shared and in just a few days over 600 people signed up to attend the meeting or be kept up to date.
This issue is much bigger than just the arts or heritage. We are convening a cross-sector, and beyond-sector conversation to share responses and discuss action. The event, In Solidarity, will bring together people from across the political spectrum, from the arts, heritage, academia, the charity sector and others.
Event organiser role
We are seeking a confident event organiser, producer or campaigner with excellent communication skills, to work with us to make this meeting happen.
We would love to hear from you if you have:
- A good knowledge of the issues and current situation which make this meeting vital
- An understanding of networking in, and ideally relevant contacts in, one or more of the sectors above
- Strong writing and research skills
- Organisational skills and attention to detail
- Experience organising digital events e.g. on zoom
This is a freelance role with a fee of £750, to support the Strike A Light team to research and invite attendees and then coordinate the online event on the day. We anticipate this role taking 3-5 days of work, spread out over several weeks. Our intention is to host the meeting online in May/June 2021.
Please send a CV with a covering email about why you are interested in the role to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please include your full name in the attachment file names).
If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g audio or video) please get in touch to arrange this email@example.com.
Deadline for applications midnight Wednesday 14 April.