Posted by: henrymcghie | June 11, 2017

Conference on climate change and museums, Manchester, 11-13 April 2018


We are organising a conference, to be held in Manchester from 11-13 April 2018, in conjunction with Prof. Walter Leal of Manchester Metropolitan University. This follows on from a conference we held in Manchester in February on climate change communication. The conference focuses on ‘Climate Change and Museums: critical approaches to engagement and management’. We are inviting submissions for presentations (talks, workshops and exhibition stands).

Anthropogenic climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. Extending far beyond the scientific sphere, climate change influences, and is influenced by, politics, economics, culture and the wider environment. Museums and other cultural institutions can play a crucial role in engaging and empowering people and communities, both locally and globally, as we face the climate challenge. The importance of this role is recognized in the Paris Agreement of 2015 and in a raft of local and national policies and strategies. Museums can play an important role in engaging people with climate change, going far beyond merely presenting information, but inspiring, empowering and enabling people to meet the climate challenge.

This conference is aimed at those working in, or concerned with, museums and climate change. It aims to provide and encourage critical perspectives upon a range of museum activities, in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation, collections management and development, climate change communication, public and civic engagement. It also aims to showcase projects and approaches that have explored these topics, across all scales, from the hyper-local to the global.

The conference aims to catalyse and enable cross-sectoral action, to support the development of partnerships, and generally to provide support to those working to meet the climate challenge through museums.

The Symposium will explore the following interconnected themes:

1. The role that museums have to play in enabling climate action and adaptation.

2. Interpreting and exhibiting climate change to promote engagement: information, inspiration, action.

3. Collecting climate change and its impacts.

4. Collections management and climate change: reducing impacts for positive environmental outcomes.

5. The future of museums and museum practice in a changing climate.

6. Partnerships between museums and others towards climate change action

The Call for Papers is now open. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30th October 2017.

Further details can be found at: call for papers



  1. […] Principal, Sustainable Museums / Sector Lead, Cultural Institutions, We Are Still In. Writing about The first International Symposium on Climate Change and Museums: critical approaches to engagement and management, April 11-13, 2018. Organized by Henry McGhie and […]

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