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Special For Everyone

Project to Address Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Special Collections

Special Collections holds material relating to minority and traditionally marginalised groups, as well as material containing links to colonialism and imperialism. Yet much of this has historically been inadequately signposted and at times absent from the narratives we have traditionally used to talk about the collections.

Through not clearly acknowledging these connections, important histories and strands of research can be overlooked. At the same time, problematic language in the collections and in legacy descriptions of them have the potential to cause upset and distress to researchers.

Our Special for Everyone project aims to address overlooked and marginalised groups within the collections through reflection and increased transparency around what our collections are and their origins, and to address the presence of problematic material so that Special Collections is a welcoming and inclusive space for all. 

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