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 …

Nature and Climate Change: exhibition at The Grosvenor Museum (Chester) and available for hire

I visited The Grosvenor Museum, in Chester, on Saturday to see Nature and Climate Change, an exhibition I put together last year. Climate change is big news, but museums often struggle to know how to include it in their exhibitions or programmes. Last year, I commissioned Hartland Design, a design studio based in Glossop, to …

Free Guide: Museums and Human Rights

I’m very happy to launch a new Guide, ‘Museums and Human Rights: human rights as a basis for public service’. Human rights are the only set of internationally agreed standards that set out how people should be treated, and what they should expect from wider society and from organisations and institutions. They can help to …

‘Nature and climate change’, a new, low-cost exhibition for museums, schools and other educational settings

Why? Climate change is a subject of great importance to society and the natural environment, with a high level of public concern. This means that there is likely to be a large public appetite for constructive activities related to climate change. However, the subject presents a particular challenge as the information can be very complex, …

How have museums been contributing to the Paris Agreement?

The original Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement both include an article (6 and 12 respectively) that is clearly related to museums. This article covers education, training, public awareness, public access to information, public participation and international co-operation. These six elements are closely related to human rights, the rights to education, the …

Coming soon: ‘Museums and Disaster Risk Reduction: building resilience in museums, society and nature’

I’ve written a guide for museums and their partners, on how they can draw on Disaster Risk Reduction approaches to strengthen resilience – of museums themselves, society and nature. Disaster Risk Reduction is the source of the often-repeated phrase ‘build back better‘. But what does it mean, better for whom and for what? This Guide …

Strengthening resilience in organisations, society and the natural environment 2: the Ten Essentials of Resilience

This is the fifth in a series of posts on museums and disaster risk reduction and preparedness: not just of museums themselves, but of broader society. However, the information doesn’t only relate to museums so should be useful for others too. These posts and the resources featured in them are aimed at helping people face …

Strengthening resilience in organisations, society and the natural environment 1: the Sendai Framework

This is the fourth in a series of posts on museums and disaster risk reduction and preparedness: not just of museums themselves, but of broader society. However, the information doesn’t only relate to museums so should be useful for others too. These posts and the resources featured in them are aimed at helping people face …

Museums, coronavirus, climate change: understanding hazards and risks 2

This is the third in a series of posts on museums and disaster risk reduction and preparedness: not just of museums themselves, but of broader society. These are aimed at helping people face the future with confidence: understanding risks, risk, and how to address it to reduce its impact. In the last post, I went …

Museums, coronavirus, climate change: understanding hazards and risks to reduce them

This is the second in a series of posts on museums and disaster risk reduction and preparedness: not just of museums themselves, but of broader society. As I said in the last post, ‘the future’ is not something we can just leave to chance, nor do we have to. Knowing the risks around, being prepared …

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