Don't Settle

Don’t Settle empowers young people of colour from Birmingham and the Black Country to change the voice of heritage through the arts, research, and governance.

History is a collection of stories. We want to make all stories visible. How? By changing who tells these stories.


Curator Programme

The Curator Programme is a development programme that supports young people of colour in telling these stories with our partners, and finding ways to make changes that are valuable, long-lasting and part of the norm.

In 2020, our Curator Programme with four projects: Pen to Paper, Birmingham by Night, Orange is in Season, and Made in the Black Country. Each project focuses on a different partner, different subject area and different outputs.

Our partners are Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Roundhouse, and Chance Heritage Trust.

History is a collection of stories. We want to change whose stories get told.


Young people have a lot to say. Let’s give them space to say it.

Lunar Campfires is a space for young people of colour to shape how we discuss personal identity, culture and representation. This is especially because white privilege is embedded in heritage, discussions of history, and the stories we tell.

All events are co-designed with the Lunar Residents. At every event, you can expect a safe space, cathartic discussion, activities, food and a lot of learning.


Unlock the histories of minoritised communities, and bring them to the centre of heritage.

Don’t Settle works with Birmingham City University to uncover local neglected stories, and develop research skills with young people as research residents.

Accurate research is at the heart of the Curator Programme, and underpins all of our work.


Chance Heritage Trust x Don’t Settle: In the Meantime… Programme

Are you a young Person of Colour aged 16 – 25 from Birmingham or the Black Country who is looking to gain vital work experience that could end up being a potential gateway into the heritage, construction, architecture and/or design sector?

Well then, our new programme could be for you!

We are looking for 6-8 roles that will work as a team along with Don’t Settle and Chance Heritage Trust staff to creatively develop ideas for temporary usage of the site in a way that would benefit the local Smethwick community.

Roundhouse Birmingham x Don’t Settle: My Voice, My Path

Are you a young Person of Colour aged 16 – 25 looking to gain the necessary experience and skills to help inform your transition into your dream career or job?

Then this might be a  brilliant opportunity for you!

We are collaborating with our partner Roundhouse Birmingham to give you a unique new programme that aims to offer a perspective shift into Birmingham’s rich history of public services, architecture and communities.

We are recruiting 6  passionate young  People of Colour to form an activator group that will work together to create an accessible Black Heritage Audio Tour for Roundhouse.


Formal Educational Resources

Non-Formal Educational Resources