We are an emerging mobile museum creatively stirring responses to the climate emergency. We support organisations to explore climate change (and related issues) in ways that help their communities to learn, create and take positive action. In turn workers will be more able to continue engaging with climate change in ways that are relevant to their purpose and place.
What we’re working on:
A pop-up museum: A selection of props, infographics, games, activities and artworks that can be installed differently to suit each host organisation. The pop-up is installed through a one-day workshop with staff and supporters, then, when ready, opened up to a target group or wider public. The participatory activities invite visitors to add their own responses, which are digitally captured in a story online. It is flexible enough to be installed in museums, libraries, schools, community and faith groups, visitor centres, businesses and empty shops. From January it will pop up in London but the hope is that it can travel much further afield.
Museums+Climate tour: As an alternative or extra to the pop-up museum we can work with organisations to create a tour script for their museum, heritage site or town. The tours add climate to the story, exploring relevant themes such as energy, industry, food, invention or protest, providing an option for a tour they can offer to their visitors.
Digital museum: We’re developing an expanding digital presence. We are gathering collections of climate music, art, design and information resources, using Pinterest. We are running social campaigns, and pointing to relevant resources and collections held by climate campaign groups and museums.
Advocacy: Founder Bridget McKenzie is playing a role in UK-wide and international initiatives furthering the role of culture in climate action, regenerative economies and integrating environmental and social justice.
Our creed is:
- The environment is not a single issue. It is our living planet, which is in crisis. To think environmentally is to take an expanded view.
- As the climate emergency unfolds, some are suffering first and worst, particularly those in the Global South. In the UK, people are also negatively affected. People will need emotional support and empowering education in order to maintain peace, wellbeing and thriving. CMUK aims to develop compassionate, conversational methods for supporting people in a changing time.
- We are ‘Possitopian’ – neither stuck in Utopian or Dystopian positions but open-minded and active in hope. We will help partners anticipate full possibilities for the future, both critical uncertainties and positive solutions.
- We think intersectionally. Our definition of communities includes the more-than-human populations that form our living biosphere.
- We aim for a non-harmful footprint in the funding and operation of its projects.
If you want to contribute:
- Follow and promote us on Twitter and Facebook
- Read and comment on the blogposts, for example about the first prototyping workshop and the first trial of Museums + Climate tours
- Respond to the online questionnaire about how Climate Museum UK can respond to professional needs
- You can play a role by offering to be a pinner on a Pinterest board, writing a blogpost, or suggesting resources we might collect or link to
- You can talk to us about hosting a Pop-up Museum or Museums+Climate tour workshop. (For now, these are free of charge while being prototyped and only in or near London.)
- Or just connect – and ask to be added to a mailing list for occasional email news.