We seek feedback with the academic community and collaborate with a dedicated board of consultants for each individual product, aiming to ensure the inclusion of scholars and curatorial experts who can speak to the experiences of underrepresented communities.
We continue to increase our efforts to commission essays and features which contextualise problematic terminology, highlight archival silences, discuss some of the complexities of historic archival practice and shed light on tools that students can use to overcome these challenges.
Working with source archives
Our determination to produce diverse and inclusive products steers our processes and best practices, helping to ensure that equal consideration is given from concept through to publication. We’re committed to reviewing the advice and training given to our teams and embedding principles which will enable us to build more equitable online resources. In addition to accessibility, we are carefully considering how best to address bias in terminology and metadata and exploring ways to uncover hidden voices wherever possible.
In partnership with source archives and subject experts, we intend to:
- Take advice on the terminology used to describe communities and individuals.
- Prominently display statements which help users to understand the terminology they may encounter in our resources, and where or why they may encounter offensive or uncomfortable language.
- Provide information in our resources that explains material selection and who has consulted on that process.
- Acknowledge which primary sources can illuminate the experiences of underrepresented voices and which reflect the perspectives or biases of the dominant narrative.
- Compile user guides to help researchers locate content within published primary sources.