The Museums Association argued last week that museums need to do more to be sustainable. Its comments followed a report by Julie’s Bicycle, which revealed that museums have the highest energy intensity of all organisations funded by the Arts Council. You can read the full article here:
West Midlands Museums are Greener Museums and we have already done lots to be more sustainable. Here is just some of the great work accomplished in 2013:
- Thirteen museums received an environmental assessment and thermal imaging to help inform future projects.
- We created energy saving calculators to help us make a business case for reducing the number of light bulbs and installing motion sensors
- We also designed a goodie bag including white board vinyls, posters and stickers to support museums to communicate their environmental policy to staff, volunteers and the public.
- We held 2 Green Knowledge Cafes (May and September) where we heard from experts, shared ideas and experiences and planned future improvements. The information from these cafes was shared with the wider sector through e-newsletters and this blog.
- Charlecote Park organised a Switch It Off morning to analyse its energy usage and improve staff awareness of the need to be more efficient.
- Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery installed LED light bulbs in its galleries.
- Bishop’s Castle House on Crutches Museum found several innovative ways to insulate a listed building.
- Compton Verney trialled Forest Schools in its extensive grounds.
- And we’ve won awards for our efforts! Chedham’s Yard’s hard work was recognised with the Bronze Award in the Green Tourism Business Award Scheme (further details here) while Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust was awarded the Gold Award (more information here). The Shugborough Estate achieved a Silver award for Sustainability in the Enjoy Staffordshire tourism awards (find out why here).
The West Midlands MDOs will continue to support museums to be even more environmentally friendly in 2014 and we look forward to meeting the Museums Association’s challenge!