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Sustainability: Explore a strategic framework to help your museum adapt to the expected impacts of climate change, locally and beyond.

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As If Trying Not to Own The Earth:

Museums Planning for Climate Change Adaptation

Change is coming, whether we like it or not. Greta Thunberg

How is your museum responding to the climate emergency? What could be the role of the museum in bringing into being a different world: a world that does not own the Earth, but instead contributes to a regenerative culture and community?

We are Rita Marcalo (Instant Dissidence) and Kristina Lomas (Eco Affinity), and we work in the fields of dance and sustainability respectively. As a response to the climate emergency we have made radical changes in our professional and personal lives.

As If Trying Not To Own The Earth is a workshop developed by us for organisations seeking to explore, respond and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

Museum Development Yorkshire has commissioned this event to bring together people from museums in Yorkshire and the Humber for reflection, exploration and discussion to :

  • Reflect on the expected impacts of climate change in their locality and beyond
  • Consider the additional impact of Covid-19
  • Explore their museum's role in a climate-changed world
  • Discuss and apply a framework for strategic organisational adaptation to climate change
  • Identify next steps for their museum to develop organisational resilience through adaptation

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom in 3 x 2-hour sessions over 2 weeks.

You will also need to schedule an internal 2-hour session with your museum colleagues before the final group session.

What are the dates and times?

Session 1 - Tue 13 July 10am-12pm

Session 2 - Wed 14 July 10am-12pm

Session 3 - Internal session to be organised by each participating museum

Session 4 - Wed 21 July 10am-12pm

By signing up, you are agreeing to attend all the sessions.

These sessions have been adapted from an original one-day workshop, which was postponed in March 2020 due to Covid restrictions.

Who should attend?

To gain the most benefit for your organisation, we encourage you to send 2-3 participants from your museum.

Participants should be in a leadership position, or sustainability role, and able to influence changes to their museum's strategic direction on sustainability and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

Who are our trainers?

Rita Marcalo

Instant Dissidence is an Ireland-based company directed by me, Rita Marcalo. It is my way of bringing different artists together, in different combinations, to realise different ideas: through Instant Dissidence I invent ways of offering other people art experiences and solve creative problems. Instant Dissidence is also a socially-engaged and ecologically-engaged company: we foreground the role that dance/choreography can play as a social engine; we are ‘artivists’ who believe in the power of connecting art and social consciousness.

Kristina Lomas

Eco Affinity is a not-for-profit sustainability consultancy. Our mission is to assist the cultural, creative and community sectors to become more sustainable by working together to strengthen the interconnectedness between people, resources and the environment. We believe these sectors can provide the foundation, inspiration and model for a sustainable society through generating creativity, connection and cohesion. These attributes are not only vital to achieving sustainable development, but they are essential to overcoming the challenges ahead, together. Our work includes identifying energy efficiency opportunities and resource management solutions that will strengthen and support delivery of your core objectives.

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Organiser Museum Development Yorkshire part of York Museums Trust

Organiser of As If Trying Not To Own The Earth

Museum Development Yorkshire is part of York Museums Trust and is funded by Arts Council England.


Our mission is to support museums and galleries across the Yorkshire and the Humber to provide facilities and services which meet or exceed recognised standards within the museum sector.


We aim to support improvements in the governance, management, operation and the strategic positioning of museums in the Yorkshire and Humber region and to foster excellence, a strategic approach to collections, learning and community engagement; develop the workforce and promote sustainability for the benefit of users.


We achieve this through providing access to high quality support so that museums become more resilient and sustainable and so that the lives of the people they serve are enhanced.


Training Terms Booking Conditions 2019-20

This workshop is being provided by Museum Development Yorkshire which is funded by the Arts Council for England as part of a national funded programme to provide support to museums and heritage organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

To be eligible to attend this free workshop you need to:-

Work, either as an employee or as a volunteer (including trustees), for a museum in the region which is part of the ACE Museum Accreditation Scheme (i.e. with either Full Accreditation, Provisional Accreditation or formal Working Towards Accreditation status).

Work, either as an employee or as a volunteer (including trustees), for a museum which is supported by Museum Development North East or Museum Development North West with which Museum Development Yorkshire has reciprocal arrangements for training.

Confirm the organisation that you work at or volunteer for and in what capacity.

Other museum sector personnel may be able to attend if places are available on payment of a fee set by Museum Development Yorkshire. Please contact MDY if you have any queries in your booking.


Places on the training courses are popular and often limited.

We will limit the number of delegates from each museum/museum service to two each. In exceptional circumstances more than two might be possible with advance approval from MDY.

All applicants are expected to attend the training sessions/ workshops which they have booked to attend.

Applicants will be asked to confirm their bookings and be made aware of a cancellation charge of £40 which they will be charged in the event of non-attendance.

The charge may be waived by MDY if reasonable mitigation information can be provided a minimum of 24 hours before the start date.

The charge will be made personally to the applicant.

No refunds will be made for non-attendance.

Failure to make payment of a penalty charge or to comply with other terms and conditions may result in exclusion from future training provided by MDY.

Following the training

Attendees will be required to complete an evaluation form, either as a paper form at the training or on-line following the training session. MDY is required to show that the training it provides is having an impact to improve museums and the way that they operate.

Please contact MDY if you have any queries about booking.


Other museum organisations

Because of our funding agreement with ACE the following organisations are not a priority for free training provided by MDY.

  • National Museums (DCMS sponsored)
  • Museums which receive funding from ACE as National Portfolio Organisations (NPO)

Staff and volunteers of these national or NPO museums may be able to attend if places are available at MDY’s discretion. They will not be given priority may be charged up to £40 (notified in advance).

Museum sector consultants may be able to attend on payment of a fee set by Museum Development Yorkshire if places are available. They will not be given priority will be charged up to £40 (notified in advance).

No refunds will be made for non-attendance.

Please contact MDY if you have any queries about booking.

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