The absence of black and ethnic minority representation in UK heritage conservation and the value of including diverse voices

An article by Kendall Francis published in the Journal of Conservation

21 Sep 2021
by Kendall Francis


The demographic of UK heritage conservation professionals currently demonstrates a clear under-representation of marginalised individuals.

This article principally aims to raise awareness and explore ideas on the lack of black and minority ethnic diversity in conservation by addressing some of the specific issues and barriers that cause systems of exclusion, inequity and inaccessibility. Crucially, it will establish why it is particularly valuable to include and retain these diverse voices in heritage environments. Discussions are supported by recent studies, reports and events, including some of the author’s own lived experiences so that readers can acknowledge and understand the direct, real and first-hand impact of some of the issues. Ultimately, the article seeks to help continue the drive for positive social change.