The Barbican has been described as “institutionally racist” by its own staff, who have compiled dozens of alleged incidents that they say show the cultural organisation has failed to live up to anti-racism commitments it made a year ago.

Current and former staff have shared stories anonymously and collated them in a book that contains more than 100 instances of alleged prejudicial behaviour, including senior staff openly using racist language and a wider culture in which racist incidents are not investigated and career progress is curtailed for staff of colour.

The incidents date back to 2014, though others are said to have happened in the last 12 months.

The Barbican said it had launched an independent review into the allegations, as presented to it by the Guardian.

In a statement, the organisation said: “We fully…

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