Explore the Rabbit-holes

This year’s Inclusivity & Audiences Day is themed “Same World, Different Ways”.

During the day we’ll be encouraging you to find different ways to think, act and work. To support this, we’re sharing “Rabbit-hole” resources.

What is a Rabbit-hole?

To go down a rabbit hole is to follow where the path leads you. By giving you a starting point for exploration, we encourage you to take your learning further, finding your own ways through and forward.

During Inclusivity & Audiences Day we will be exploring challenging topics and ideas, but the work can’t stop there. The Rabbit-holes are a way for you to keep the learning going, and be responsible for your own education.

It’s made me think a lot about my own personal echo chamber and looking for more places of information and influence. It’s also made me think about applying action to changing some of our practice at work 

Sheryl McGregor, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Pre-event Rabbit-holes

We’ll be sharing more Rabbit-holes during the day, along with provocations and inspirational content.

To get you in the zone for Inclusivity & Audiences Day, here are some resources to start exploring:

The Equality Act: Making Equality Real

An easy-read guide to The Equality Act 2010. Produced by the Government Equalities Office, this is a gentle introduction to key terms and concepts. The Equality Act.

This Rabbit-hole can help you understand more about the context for the work that needs doing. You can also watch this video which provides a short summary of the Equality Act:

Everyone in Britain is protected from discrimination, harrassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010.

We all have at least one of the following protected characteristics under the Act: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

The Act protects you from discrimination, harrassment and victimisation in different places such as at work, school, housing and other premises. When using transport or services like restaurants or hospitals. You are also protected in clubs or associations, or when you are inolved with public bodies such as your local council or government departments.

Let’s explore some examples. Direct discrimination means treating one person worse than another because of a protected characteristic. For example, if you are refused access to a public service, such as a nightclub, because you are disabled.

Indirect discrimination happens when a practice, policy or rule is applied to everyone but has a worse effect on people who share a protected characteristic. For example, if a school had a rule against afro hairstyles, this could be indirect discrimination because of race.

The Act also protects you from harrassment. Harrassment, including sexual harrassment, occurs when unwanted behaviour related to a protected characteristic violates your dignity or creates an intimidating, degrading, hostile, offensive or humiliating environment for you.

However it doesn’t necessarily need to relate to your own protected characteristic. For example, you could be harrassed because of jokes about gender reassignment even though you are not transgender yourself.

If you are making a complaint about discrimination, or supporting someone who is, then you are also protected from victimisation. This means that people cannot treat you unfairly. For instance, if you were dismissed from your job because you made a complaint about sexual harrassment at work, this would be victimisation.

If you are disabled you have more rights, such as the right to reasonable adjustments. You can find more about this and other important sections of the Equality Act through our website or other videos. If you are worried that your rights have been breached, contact a solicitor or the Equality Advisory and Support Service for advice.


Inc Arts explore and reject the term “BAME”. Read their statement for the UK to find out what terms of reference are appropriate and the rules of engagement.

This Rabbit-hole can lead on exploring more about Advocacy and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) training.


Gender Pay Gap in the Arts

Arts Council Executive Director Liz Bushell discusses the sector’s gender pay gap and the importance of diversity in the Arts Council workforce.

This Rabbit-hole can lead you on to more blogs and thinking about diversity in the workforce.

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