Equality and Diversity

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced in October 2010 to replace and simplify over 100 pieces of previous anti-discrimination acts and regulations. On 5 April 2011, the public sector equality duty came into force in England, Scotland and Wales. The duty replaced all pre-existing race, disability and gender equality duties.

The Commission is legally required to meet the general equality duty as an employer and as an organisation that carries out public functions. The Commission is not identified in Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, and is therefore exempt from specific duties.

The promotion of equality and diversity concerns everyone, and it is the responsibility of all members of the Commission’s community. All members of the community have a responsibility to ensure that the Commission continues to be an inclusive, welcoming, safe and productive environment. The Equality and Diversity Policy outlines the Commission’s commitments, and how we intend to deliver them.

During 2019-20 the Commission:

  • Ensured that the ‘Our Digital Past’ exhibition at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre (24 Jan-23 Mar 2020) was accessible for the visually impaired by audio-describing it via the Vizgu smartphone app.
  • Made accessible a number of otherwise inaccessible spaces or objects (such as shipwrecks and promontory forts affected by coastal erosion) by developing 3D models (online and in print) for its CHERISH and U-boat projects.
  • Increased accessibility to its corporate website by improving the menus.
  • Signed up to the Mindful Employer ‘Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health’.
  • Saw two members of staff successfully complete a two-day Mental Health First Aid training.
  • Saw six members of staff successfully complete a 20-week British Sign Language course.
  • Made its job interview process more accessible.
  • Further developed the People’s Collection Wales ‘Memory Archive’, including – in collaboration with Atgofion Melys (‘Sweet Memories’) – the introduction of 360-degree videos.
  • Incorporated equality and diversity in all areas of the Digital Past 2020 conference, including a talk by Sheena Payne-Lunn on ‘Worcester Life Stories’ and a workshop on the People Collection Wales’s Memory Archive.
  • Promoted equality and diversity through a series of blogs:
  • Promoted equality and diversity through presentations:
    • Reina van der Wiel and Susan Fielding, ‘Curating the historic environment: promises, challenges and sustainability of digital technologies’, at Discovering Collections Discovering Communities (DCDC),Birmingham (November 2019).
  • Promoted equality and diversity internally through a series of social media posts:
    • Eid (4 June 2019)
  • Promoted equality and diversity internally through a series of emails to staff:
    • National Work Life Week
    • World Mental Health Day
    • Living Wage Week.

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