How to stretch a tiny sustainability budget

Greener Museums operated from 2008 to 2012 as a sustainability company that served museums and the cultural sector. It worked with museums of all kinds and sizes, all over the world, to help accelerate progress towards sustainability. Today its website serves as an archive containing case studies, newsletters and resources. Here are just a few…

Case study: Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery began focussing on environmental improvements in 2010 and quickly realised that the workforce would be key to its success. The Harris building was opened in 1893 in the heart of Preston as a free museum, library and art gallery. The building is Grade I listed and still retains most of…

Heating (and how to stop worrying!)

At the Green Knowledge Cafe in September Jane Thompson Webb, Collections Care Officer for Birmingham Museums Trust, joined us to discuss heating. Turning down thermostats is an approach many of the green museums are adopting to reduce energy consumption and bills. However, concerns have been raised regarding the impact this will have on our collections. Jane’s…

Turning Iron into Green Gold

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Shropshire has attained a Gold Award in the Green Business Tourism Scheme, recognising the sustainable way that it manages the 10 museums in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. The Green Business Tourism Scheme is the world’s leading sustainable tourism accreditation scheme. There are currently only two visitor attractions…

What happens at a Green Champions meeting?

Last month the Shugborough Estate’s new Green Champions team met for the first time. The team is made up of members of staff from across the site – the museum, mansion house, visitor services, volunteers and buildings and grounds maintenance teams were all represented. The team looked at Northfield Eco-Centre’s thermal images and explored current issues…