The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance has been building strong foundations since the concept was formed 2012. During the past five years, we have invested in our organisational infrastructure and the exploration of several models for our further development, as well as a comprehensive precedent review and deep community consultation.

 

Governance

We prepared a constitution and incorporated the organisation as a Not for Profit public company limited by guarantee.

We registered as a Charity with ACNC and established Deductible Gift Recipient status through National Trust WA.

We contracted an Executive Officer at .75FTE to manage the early stages of development.

We established a quality steering committee with representative of industries and groups relevant to the project, including distinguished thinkers in this area.

 

Stakeholders

We established a public awareness campaign committee of 10 committed individuals to develop our public engagement and social media strategies.

We established strong support from individual philanthropists and foundations, as well as Lotterywest, and the Departments of Aboriginal Affairs and Culture and the Arts.

We established strong relations with the WA Museum. Discussions continue around a range of options for collaboration.

We established strong networks of supporters and stakeholders through continued consultation across all sectors.

We joined the International Federation of Human Rights Museums.

 

Programs

We completed the concept development and design of the Aboriginal Diggers pop up exhibition.

We actively supported the Holocaust Institute of WA in its introduction of the Courage to Care program to WA in 2016.

 

Concept Development

In collaboration with a social-enterprise expert we conducted a significant literature and precedent review and stakeholder consultation.

The stakeholder consultation in particular showed there to be strong, broad support our Museum’s mission and ethos and that stakeholders are excited, interested and engaged by the prospect of a cultural entity focused on the issues of discrimination, intolerance and prejudice.

Based on the consultations, it is clear that further research and consultation is required on the museum concept prior to progressing with developing a final form entity. This will allow us to develop an evidence base for the efficacy of the planned museum concept and ensure it is best designed to meet its purpose.

It is very clear that there is an immediate demand for some of our Museum’s planned programs – particularly the role the museum would play as ‘convener’ of public discourse on racial and religious intolerance, support for the museum being a hub for organisations operating in this space and for our research projects.