To begin to understand what the lack of diversity can mean to black individuals working in the cultural heritage field we turn our metaphorical mic over to Ashleigh Brown, owner of the private conservation studio, The Conservators Ltd, and highly recommend readers take a few minutes to read her reflections. Although working in the UK, Ashleigh is a US citizen who grew up in Virginia. A recent post in ICON reflects on her experience of being black in the arts and cultural heritage field. Ashleigh is just one of a handful of black conservators in the UK, where black people make up just 1% of the workforce in the arts and cultural sector. A more detailed look at the demographic makeup of the UK field can be found in this 2013 equity and diversity report by Consilium.