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 2017-18 the Commission:

  • Improved accessibility by implementing screen reader software in our library and search room.
  • Printed its five main leaflets in large print format.
  • Organised Explore Your Archive: Memory Archive (22 Nov 2017), an event for health professionals and people working with, or caring for, people living with dementia, exploring how archives can be used as a source of material to create activities, walks, stories and artworks to help stimulate reminiscence and memory.
  • Incorporated equality and diversity in all areas of the Digital Past 2018 conference, including a keynote by Helen Pike from UCL Museums on their visual impairment hackathons and robot tours, and an exhibition stand by the Shaw Trust.
  • Promoted equality and diversity through a series of blogs:
  • Promoted equality and diversity through a series of presentations:
    • Helen Rowe, ‘Wales, The U-boat War and West Africans – Finding the Links’, at the 2nd International Symposium on Black History, Colwyn Bay (Oct 2017).
    • Helen Rowe and Deanna Groom, ‘West African Seamen, Wales and the First World War’, at BAME Seafarers in the First World War, Portsmouth (Jan 2018).
    • Reina van der Wiel, ‘Collecting and Connecting: Using Archive Materials for Reminiscence’, at Ageing Well in Wales: Celebrating Communities, Aberystwyth (March 2018).
  • Promoted equality and diversity internally through a series of emails to staff:
    • National Work Life Week
    • Living Wage Week
  • Implemented Equality Impact Assessments, with two staff workshops having taken place to date.

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