Posts Tagged ‘Museum Freecycle’

NEWS: Museum Freecycle Update

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016


Two years after its was founded by Caroline Keppel-Palmer, the Museum Freecycle network has grown substantially, and with over 550 members across the UK, continues to help museums reuse, reduce and recycle unwanted items in new and innovative ways.   To find out more about this successful project, the NWFed caught up with Keppel-Palmer to find out more about the benefits museums who join the network could enjoy.

Keppel-Palmer explained that at the time of founding Museum Freecycle, she was working as the Managing Director for the architecture and design studio, Urban Salon. The company worked with many museums designing temporary exhibitions and much of the display kit from these exhibitions was ending up in the skip, even though most of it was perfectly reusable.  It was repeatedly seeing this waste which spurred Keppel-Palmer on to establish the Museum Freecycle network as a space where museums could advertise and dispose of unwanted items – including exhibition furniture, display cases and office equipment – to other museums who have a use for them.

Having seen the network go from strength to strength over the last two years, Keppel-Palmer explained:

“I am keen to see as many UK museums as possible join and benefit from Museum Freecycle, so we can reduce waste to an absolute minimum and help as many museums as possible get access to ‘new’ free equipment.  The more members we have, the better the site will work for everyone.”

The network has also helped  numerous museums to develop and upgrade their visitor experiences in spite of financial constraints and ever-tighter budgets.  It’s not just standard museum equipment and fittings that find new homes either; currently Museum Freecycle is helping to find new homes for a bride and groom cake topper, a pregnant wire mannequin and a Victorian courtroom dock.


It is very quick and easy for any museum to sign up and join the network.  To do so, museums simply need to create a free Freecycle account and then apply to join the Museum Freecycle group.

To sign up and enjoy the benefits this ever  growing network could bring your museum,Click Here.

NEWS: Museum Freecycle

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

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Many of you will have heard of the website Freecycle; a space where unwanted items are listed and exchanged to give them a new lease of life in the homes of others.  Since June 2014, the site has hosted a museum specific group aptly named – The Museum Freecycle which has continued to flourish and now has around 500 museum members finding homes for unwanted fittings, mannequins and other museum paraphernalia.

Museum Freecycle offers an online tool for recycling unwanted exhibition materials and donating them to a good home. In addition to this museums are also able to post requests for items that may be needed. Museum Freecycle aims to reduce exhibition waste and save museums money in the long run, it also offers the opportunity to connect institutions which may otherwise have not contacted each other.


The brainchild of architects and exhibition designers Urban Salon and is supported by the Collections Trust and SHARE Museums East, the group is carefully moderated to ensure that only museum professionals are approved as members, providing assurance that your unwanted exhibition materials will be going to another museum who needs them.

Open for use by all museum professionals, the group is free to join and is proving to be very popular with listed objects being snapped up quickly and new homes found within days. The Natural History Museum’s five donation boxes are being recycled by Bloxham Village Museum, Dudley Canal Trust, The Garden Museum and Novium. Furthermore, Braintree District Museum has provided a new home to seven mannequins which the Design Museum no longer needed.

To join the Museum Freecycle Community or find out more about the project, Click Here.