Our statement on the Black Lives Matter movement

Placard from the Women's March held in Cardiff on 21 January 2017 in response to the inauguration​ of Donald Trump.

In this time of extreme distress to black people across the world, we stand with black communities in Wales, our visitors, partners, staff and volunteers in the fight against racial injustice and inequality, declaring that #BlackLivesMatter.

Museum collections are often rooted in colonialism and racism. Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is no different.

We support all efforts to build a museum sector that stands up for human rights and anti-racism. We have a role to play in driving change, working with the communities of Wales to be actively anti-racist in all that we do.

We have a long way to go, but together with our community partners and Youth Heritage Leaders, we are diversifying our collections, increasing representation, and contributing to conversations that highlight decolonisation, inequality and racism.

Our commitment will continue beyond the current situation, as understanding the challenges faced in the past can empower people to confront today’s issues together.