Archive for June, 2021

Carbon Literate museums are the future: ‘Roots and Branches’ project receives public funding

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

 

 

Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, Museum Development North West and the Carbon Literacy Trust are delighted to announce that they have been awarded £136,750 of Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant funding for an ambitious two-year partnership project, ‘Roots & Branches’, which aims to accelerate the museum sector’s ability to respond to the climate crisis.

The launch of ‘Roots & Branches’ will coincide with the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2021. Over the next two years, this project will enable us to scale up the roll-out of Carbon Literacy training across museums in England. 

The ‘branches’ of the project will create an environmentally aware and active sector, giving museums the tools to respond to ‘Let’s Create’, Art Council England’s new 10-year strategy in which environmental responsibility is at the core. 

Manchester Museum will host the ’roots’, creating a nationally significant co-working hub of cultural environmental action that will bring together museum staff, educators, environmentalists, artists, researchers, third sector organisations and students. This will be coordinated by an innovative new post shared between Manchester Museum and the Carbon Literacy Trust. 

In collaboration with Museum Development England and supported by a new Environmental Sustainability Museum Development Officer post, ‘Roots and Branches’ aims to train and certify as Carbon Literate 1,500 museum professionals and volunteers. It will also see 300 museums developing organisational pledges to take action against climate change. The training will start on 1 November 2021, the first day of COP26, as part of the Carbon Literacy Trust’s ‘Carbon Literacy Action Day’ – an attempt to stage the largest ever low-carbon education event globally and set a record for the number of people completing their Carbon Literacy training in a single day.

Opportunities for museums to get involved will include:

  • Taking part in a social media campaign to promote what museums can and are doing to address climate change in the run up to and during the COP26 conference 
  • Attending museum-focused online Carbon Literacy workshops for people who govern, work and volunteer in museums 
  • Using the free sector-specific Carbon Literacy Toolkit to roll out the training within your own museum
  • Taking your commitment further by becoming a Carbon Literate Organisation 

Kaye Hardyman of Museum Development North West will be dropping by for our first In Conversation event on 7th July to introduce the project. Get your tickets here.

NWFed: In Conversation

Monday, June 21st, 2021

The North West museum and heritage sector is bursting with new ideas. From making our sector more equitable to helping museums reduce their carbon footprint, our venues and institutions are leading the way in doing things differently. With so much going on, it can be confusing to know how you can get involved. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew an expert in the field who could point you in the right direction?

That’s the idea behind our new In Conversation events. Over the series, we’ll host exciting speakers giving you the opportunity to find out what they think the future holds. Each session will include a relaxed interview hosted by one of our board members before breaking out into a round table session so you can ask questions and dive deeper into some of the ideas shared.

Our first guest will be Jo Robinson-Cheale. Jo is Climate Change Manager for the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is a leading voice in championing sustainability in the region. We’ll be talking to her about sustainability, her route into the sector, the current funding landscape and what she’s excited about for the future. We’ll also be talking to Museum Development Officer, Kaye Hardyman, about her latest carbon literacy project and how you can get involved.

Join us on 7th July at 1 – 2pm. The event is free to all individual and institutional members. Book your place for this virtual session via our Eventbrite page here.

For our second session we will welcome Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool and co-founder of NML’s BME staff group, and Jean-Francois Manicom, Curator of Transatlantic Slavery and Legacies, National Museums Liverpool. Both Richard and Jean-Francois have been contributing to NML’s response to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matters movement and are at the forefront of enacting real change to make our sector more equitable. They’ll be sharing what they’ve learned along the way and what work they think is still to be done.

Join us on 20th July at 12 – 1pm. The event is free to all individual and institutional members. Book your place for this virtual session via our Eventbrite page here.