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The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland response to Black Lives Matter

15th June 2020 | Categories: Uncategorised

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and is committed to securing racial justice in the Scottish heritage sector and beyond. But we have work to do.

For almost 240 years, our mission has been “to actively support the study and enjoyment of Scotland’s past”. We believe that no one holds a monopoly on Scotland’s history and that it should be shared by everyone. To that end, in recent years we have strengthened our commitment to diversity by making an increasing number of our resources free and accessible to all, offering a range of Fellowship rates, and ensuring gender diversity among our Board of Trustees. But this is not enough. We must do more to be an actively anti-racist, pro-equality and pro-diversity heritage charity in Scotland.

Going forward, our aims are to:

We are now developing plans to address these aims as soon as possible and we will report on our progress at our AGM in November 2020. In the meantime, we are listening to Scotland’s BAME communities and we welcome comments and ideas on our plans to move forward – please email your responses to

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