Who are we?

Climate Museum UK is a Community Interest Company (CIC) with a growing number of associates developing their own collections and activities in their areas. We actively seek the involvement of people who bring diverse perspectives and practices. 

Climate Museum UK Associates

2a97912c-8c1e-4c06-8e64-36bbf14a9698Bridget McKenzie is a researcher and creative curator working across culture, environment and public engagement. She has been director of Flow Associates since 2006, following 14 years’ in roles managing cultural education, including as Education Officer for Tate and Head of Learning at the British Library. She is an advisor for Culture Unstained and a key initiator of Culture Declares Emergency. She presents and publishes internationally on climate action in the cultural sector and on possibilities of Regenerative Culture. She is founding director of Climate Museum UK.

63523837-B6DE-4394-BFBB-D813CF45F0FCLucy Carruthers is an experiential designer and consultant for museums, exhibitions and visitor attractions. Lucy is also a multi-disciplinary artist curating alternative climate narratives through Floodproof. Passionate about creatively mapping sustainable pathways for adaption to a zero carbon future in the context of a changed climate. Lucy is a Co-director of Climate Museum UK.

Beckie Leach McDonaldBeckie Leach McDonald is an ecological artist and storyteller, as well as a creative learning and deep listening facilitator. They have two years experience working with Tate Learning and Tate Exchange, and 8 years experience working for the University of the Arts London as a Lecturer and Programme Co-ordinator. Beckie specialises in tracking old stories, myths and fairy tales about human & more-than-human entanglements, that reignite our relationship to place and the wild, and breathing new life into them. They are passionate about collaboration, working with communities and developing ecologically engaged practice. Beckie is a Co-director of Climate Museum UK.

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Victoria Burns has a 25-year career working in culture and the arts as a producer, curator and organisational development consultant. In the last ten years she aligned her interest in environmental science and activism with her professional commitment to arts and culture. She is the former head of programme at arts and science organisation Invisible Dust and is now the national coordinator for Culture Declares. She is alumnus from Creative Europe’s Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) programme run by Julie’s Bicycle where she saw more clearly than ever the critical role that the cultural community play in cultivating the vision and inspiration for vital systemic changes. She is currently studying Coaching Psychology at Birkbeck College, University Of London and has a special interest in exploring new leadership paradigms for the complex challenges of the 21st Century.

James Aldridge

James Aldridge is a visual artist and consultant based in Wiltshire, working with people and places. The individual and participatory sides of his practice each feed into and inform the other. Together they generate a body of practice-led research into the value of artful, embodied and situated (place-based) learning, and their benefits for individual, community and ecological wellbeing. He has carried out residencies and commissions for range of arts, heritage and environmental organisations, and curated exhibitions including The Art of Outdoor Learning at MK Gallery and Making Memories (Art and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years) at Salisbury Art Centre. He provides professional development for artists and educators in schools, arts and heritage organisations and has facilitated community consultation projects for organisations including English Heritage and National Trust. He’s also worked as a visiting lecturer at a number of universities, including with student teachers, medical students and doctoral candidates.

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Justine Boussard is an independent curator and freelance producer working in the fields of design, craft and culture, with a keen interest in socially-engaged and environmentally-conscious practices. Her practice encompasses exhibition curation and production, events management and public engagement. Clients include Crafts Council, Design Museum and the British Council. As associate project manager at UP Projects, she focuses on improving public space through artist-led community engagement. She is also part of the AHRC-funded research network Crafting the Commons, led by the University of Nottingham and Craftspace Birmingham. In 2019, Justine founded There Project (thereproject.org) with curator Sarah Turner to address key contemporary issues through the medium of public design interventions. Their first project Non Pavilion, commissioned by the V&A and co-produced with Studio MiCat and Proud Studio, exposed the dangers of growth-driven economics through Augmented Reality storytelling. Their latest project is Designing National Park City, a series of podcasts exploring different London habitats and how design can help us become more ecocentric and embrace a long time perspective.

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Toni Lee is a filmmaker and visual anthropologist based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Toni has recently completed postgraduate film research on “more-than-human” relationships with Landscapes at the Granada Centre, Manchester and a DocLab Trainee on the Grierson Trust’s 2020 scheme. They also programme and assist organising the Leeds Queer Film festival and use filmmaking for community development around West Yorkshire. Toni is passionate about healing the relationships between humans and their non-human counterparts, and is ever learning how best to create a more equitable world. At the heart of their environmentalism is a dedication to anti-racism and anti-imperialism, and organises with Yorkshire Resists and the Racial Justice Network against discriminatory surveillance and biometric technologies.

Other associates include: Alara Adali, Meg McKenzie, Brian McKenzie, Anna Townhill, Martha Cattell, Freya Mitchison, Eleanor Ross, Joe Martin, Jaime Jackson, Joey McAleese, Genevieve Rudd, Kevin Davidson and William Wardlaw Rogers. (Biographies to come.)

We welcome work placements and associates joining to help with tasks such as building up our digital collection, reviewing climate resources and exhibitions, or writing blogposts. As an associate, you can use the CIC as a platform for your practice as long as it sits within our mission and principles. 

If you are interested to get involved, see this presentation.