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.


Paid consultancy opportunity with Chance Heritage Trust

We are recruiting 4 passionate young People of Colour aged 16 – 25 who have an interest in governance from the Black Country or Birmingham to co-design a structure for a Youth Engagement Structure for Chance Heritage Trust. The framework will be used by Chance Heritage Trust to implement a Youth Engagement Structure into their existing governance structure and will act as terms of reference and guide for how to engage young People of Colour into the organisation’s decision-making practices.

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and gain access to potential networks that could lead to other opportunities or jobs!


Javaughn Forde


Sakshi Kumar

Visual Arts

The Rap Poet


Mohd Jayzuan


The Urbansong


Projects Prodets


Anika Christopher


Adjei Sun


Formal Educational Resources

Non-Formal Educational Resources