Museums and Climate Change Workshop

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The King’s College London Memory Group is pleased to invite you to the Museums and Climate Change Workshop, an exploration of the ways in which museums can help turn climate change and sustainable policy into reality. The session will be led by Anna Woodham, lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management at King's College London and Henry McGhie, Head Curator at the Manchester Museum.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 27th March 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm, in the KCL Macadam Building, room MB.1.2 (see below for details).

The session aims to investigate the ways in which museum collections, programmes and exhibitions can bring climate change policies and sustainable development goals to life. This will be an opportunity for students, academics and museum practitioners to come together and explore how high level policies regarding climate change can be applied to museums. The aim is to generate a series of propositions capable of exploring how museums can feature climate change in their activities.

It is intended that the workshop will be intimate in nature, therefore places are limited and we will operate on a first come first served basis. Please send a brief bio (no more than 200 words) outlining your research and why you wish to attend to These will be used to facilitate the session so that  we can collaboratively come up with some interesting discussions and propositions!


  Anna Woodham is a Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI). Anna is currently involved in several collaborative AHRC research projects which extend her interest in material culture and the historic environment. For the workshop, Anna will discuss the project Troubled Waters Stormy Futures: Heritage in times of accelerated climate change, which focuses on how climate change may alter our understandings of heritage and its value. 

  Henry McGhie is Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology at The Manchester Museum. Henry works at the interfaces of academia, public engagement, climate and sustainability policy, drawing on museums, collections and events, and partnerships. In 2018 he co-organised the first International Symposium on Climate Change and Museums, and led a submission to COP24 as part of the Talanoa Dialogue. He is interested in supporting museums and museum workers to contribute to the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Henry will introduce the Talanoa Dialogue process during the session, as it has a wide application and relevance.


More details:

The workshop will be held on the King's College Strand campus, in the Macadam Building, Floor 1, room MB 1.2. The Macadam Building is a 2 minutes’ walk from Temple Station (District and Circle line), please access the building from Surrey streetHere is a map of the KCL strand campus, the Macadam Building is marked by the letter L.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 27th March from 2pm to 4.30pm. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. If you wish to attend or if you have any question, please email the KCL memory group

We are looking forward to seeing you! 

Clara de Massol - KCL memory group co-organiser.