SWFed Autumn Forum - Museums for the Future: Environmental Sustainability
Thursday, 19 November 2015 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)
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South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries
Autumn Forum 2015
Museums for the Future: Environmental Sustainability
November 19 2015 10.00- 4.00
The Abermale Centre, Taunton TA1 1BA
This free event for SWFed members is a unique opportunity to gain advice, ideas and practical solutions for making your museum more environmentally sustainable. Members will also gain insights into how museums have explored contributing to environmental sustainability using their collections.
10.00 Arrival with Tea & Coffee
10.35am Can the sustainability agenda survive austerity? | Alistair Brown, Museums Association
It was widely recognised before the financial crisis that museums have a leading role to play in driving environmental sustainability. But as public funding has dried up, has the sector’s focus been drawn elsewhere? This session will examine what museums can do to promote sustainability without breaking the bank, and will look at how being more sustainable can improve the ethical and social dimensions of a museum’s practice.
11.30am Case study: 'Fit for the Future Network' | Chloe Hampson, National Trust
An introduction to ‘Fit for the Future Network’, how it came about and the problem it is trying to solve. Chloe will give a brief overview of the types of activities within the Network and the ways in which organisations and people are working together to collectively solve climate change and save vital resources for their organisations at the same time. Set-up by National Trust and Ashden. ‘Fit for the Future Network’ links up environmental and sustainability practitioners working within land and property owning organisations.
11.50pm Case study: Steps Towards Sustainability | Sheila Phillips, Pengelly Trust
This case study will focus on the changes being made within the Pengelly Trust to make the building environmentally sustainable. These are easy, practical and cost saving solutions that we could introduce to make a difference. Funding is currently being sought for complete LED installations, low energy fridge and freezer and some commercial catering equipment.
12.20 Case study: ‘Our Country Lives’: Transforming rural heritage | Kate Arnold Forster, University of Reading
This talk will introduce the Museum of English Rural Life’s current redevelopment ‘Our Country Lives’ to transform the museum through a redisplay, extension and reconfiguration of its collections and galleries. The project aims to energise how a new generation engages with rural heritage through innovative, co-created interpretation and new approaches to audience development, which is hoped will also be applicable to the wider rural museums sector. This step change will focus on narratives and experiences of people and communities in relation to the skills, technologies and traditions of the countryside and enable them to explore through the collections contemporary issues around environmentalism as well as local and global sustainability.
12.50 Lunch | Please bring sandwiches or go to one of the places listed.
13.50 Case study: Bring out your dead. | Jan Freedman, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.
Natural History Collections offer a unique portal into the past. Museums all over the country have collections of beetles, butterflies, shells and ice age fossils. What is wonderful about these collections is that they have information with them, information about when they were collected and where they were collected from. This information is invaluable to recording the change of species distribution over the last few centuries. Although long dead, these specimens are able to help researchers today examine how environments are changing. The talk will include examples of using collections to feed into research, and a new large project that will support the museums in the South West.
14.20 Panel Discussion
14.45 Tea & Coffee Break
Please choose from one of the following:
Practical Workshop 1: How to Reduce Your Energy Bills by 50% through the AIM ENERGY ACTION GROUP | Ken Shaw, Head of Enterprise, AIM Energy Action Group.
1. Pay the right price by reviewing your bills and joining the energy buying group
2. Install energy efficient equipment
3. Consider generating your own through fully funded solution.
Practical Workshop 2: Environmental sustainability 365 for Accreditation | Vicky Dawson, SW Accreditation Technical Adviser and Heritage Consultant
Accredited museums are required to have a policy statement which sets out their approach to environmental sustainability. How do you make sure the policy is implemented and reflected in the activity of your museum 365 days a year? Join this group to review the requirement and share ideas and tips.
15.45 Thank you and Evaluations
Information about Speakers
Alistair Brown, Policy Officer, Museums Association
Alistair Brown has been the Policy Officer at the Museums Association since 2014. His work focuses on museum funding, renewing the museums Code of Ethics and supporting museums to be effective advocates at the local, regional and national level.
Chloe Hampson, National Trust
Chloe Hampson manages Fit for the Future Network, which has been set-up in partnership with National Trust and Ashden. Her previous role at National Trust was Low Carbon Villages Co-ordinator, which focused on energy efficiency improvements within traditional buildings and promoting community energy. Before that she organised large food festivals across the South-West that championed the benefits of local and seasonal food to communities and young families.
Sheila Phillips, Pengelly Trust
Sheila Phillips was a science teacher for 30 years (now retired), she has been the Pengelly Trust Director for 35 years. She is currently Education and Museum Liaison Officer for the Pengelly Trust, responsible for fund raising and Trust representative on local council working party for tourism.
Kate Arnold Forster, Head of University Museums and Special Collections Services Director, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading
Kate Arnold-Forster has worked in the museum sector as a volunteer, curator, consultant and Director for more than 25 years. Since 2002, she has been responsible for the direction of the Museum of English Rural Life and the strategic development of the University’s museums, archives and special collections, where she has led a major programme of capital re-development and renewal. She is Co-Director of the University’s Centre for Collections-Based Research.
Jan Freedman, Curator of Natural History, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Jan Freedman is the curator of Natural History at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Although looking after a variety of collections, including entomology, spirit specimens, herbaria and rocks, he is particularly interested in Pleistocene fossil collections. Jan is a keen advocate of communicating with our collections.
Ken Shaw Head of Enterprise, AIM Energy Action Group
Ken was recruited to the post of Manger of Energy Action Group for DTA Wales from The London South Bank University where he was managing the Centre for Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings. His previous experience in the field of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy was gained while working as the Commercial Director of Community Energy Plus, Managing Director of Low Carbon Futures Ltd and Managing Director of Welsh Biofuels Ltd. He has spent most of his working life in the Third Sector and was a founding member of DTA Wales.
Ken now heads up the Energy Action Group which is now serving some 800 members throughout the UK. Its key aim is to reduce the energy costs paid to the Utilities as well as generating Negawatts by getting energy efficiency measures put in place.
Vicky Dawson, Accreditation Technical Adviser for the SW Museum Development Programme.
Vicky has worked with museums in the South West for many years as a freelance curator and consultant as well as an Accreditation adviser and assessor. She is a strong believer in simple practical solutions to help museums embed Accreditation standards in their everyday delivery – not just when the Return is due!
Places to eat near the Albemarle Centre, Taunton
The Cake Shop, 67 Station Road – sandwiches, cakes and snacks, small seating area - https://www.facebook.com/The-Cake-Shop-375122829271054/timeline/ The Plough Inn, 75 Station Road – pies and snacks - http://theploughtaunton.co.uk/ Mint and Mustard, 10 Station Road - http://www.mintandmustard.com/taunton/ Doorsteps, 35 Station Road – sandwiches, baguettes, pasties, etc - http://www.doorsteps-taunton.co.uk/
Please note: we request that SWFed members bring a £5 contribution to the forum to help someway towards the cost of venue hire and refreshment provision.
When & Where
South Western Federation of Museums & Art Galleries (SWFed)
The South Western Federation of Museums & Art Galleries is a voluntary subscription based organisation, representing the museum profession in the South West of England. It is the one truly representative and independent voice for museums and the paid and volunteer staff who work in them.