The new ICOM museum definition: a catalyst for the SDGs

This short article aims to highlight the role of the new ICOM museum definition in achieving the SDGs, and how the SDG targets can help to drive ambition and action to achieve it more effectively. I attended ICOM Prague recently, supported by Museums for Climate Action, and I’ll write a series of posts on the …

Looking ahead to #ICOMPrague2022

In a couple of days I’ll head to Prague for the ICOM Triennial conference. For the last four years, I’ve been a member of the ICOM Sustainability Working Group, that was mandated to help support ICOM to embed sustainability into its activities. At the last Triennial, in Kyoto in 2019, we organised a session on …

Museums, decolonisation, sustainable development

Museums in an unequal world: Leave no-one, and no museum, behind This article is based on a talk I gave for a seminar called Decolonizing the Curriculum, at the University of St. Andrews, in April 2021. Introduction In 2019, at the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) triennial conference in Kyoto, the membership of ICOM adopted …

New free guide: Understanding the SDGs: a guide for galleries, libraries, archives and museums

I am very happy to announce a new guide, that you can download for free at the link below. This guide has been written to help demystify what the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 are, and what they try to achieve. It explains the 17 SDGs and their targets in detail, sets …

Stockholm+50: a blueprint for museums to raise ambition for environmental action

Stockholm+50 was an international summit to reflect on the 50 years since the ground-breaking Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, of 1972. I attended as part of my Churchill Fellowship, and this blog post will be the basis of the write-up in my fina report. The conference was attended by about 2,500 people, including representatives …

‘Action for Climate Empowerment: a guide for galleries, libraries, archives and museums’, new free guide

On International Day of Happiness, I am very happy to launch a new guide in the Curating Tomorrow series. This guide explores how galleries, libraries, archives and museums can support the all-of-society and public-facing aspects of the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement, and the new Glasgow Work Programme on Action for Climate Empowerment, adopted at COP26 …

Museums and Human Rights, update in light of refugee crises

A further upgrade can be downloaded at this link: In light of the conflict in Ukraine, and of the recent humanitarian crisis faced by Afghani refugees and refugees seeking refuge in Europe and Australia, and the ongoing challenges that refugees face, I’ve updated ‘Museums and Human Rights’ to include more information and guidance for museums …

Children’s rights and the environment, a museum perspective

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is running an inquiry on children’s rights in relation to the environment. I put in a submission from a museum-and-cultural-institution perspective and linking to some other pieces of work I’d done on rights in relation to the environment and to museums, and to climate action in …

Museum advocacy messages on climate action for COP26 and beyond

COP26 will take place in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November. COP is primarily a political event, but it can be used as an opportunity and a catalyst to do better, and do better things, to support climate action. The following are some suggested key points and messages directed towards the museum sector, worldwide. …

New free resource: ‘Mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals: a results framework for galleries, libraries, archives and museums’

I’m very happy to announce a new, freely available guide for galleries, libraries, archives and museums (the ‘Glam sector’), released during the time of COP26, in Glasgow. Why? Because sustainable development needs significantly greater understanding, attention and action in all sectors and across society; the GLAM sector can play a significant role; and it needs …

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