Reimagining Museums for Climate Action

An international design and ideas competition leading to an exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre

Reimagining Museums for Climate Action was launched in May 2020 for International Museum Day. The competition asked designers, architects, academics, artists, poets, philosophers, museum professionals and the public at large to radically (re)imagine and (re)design the museum as an institution, to help bring about more equitable and sustainable futures in the climate change era. Over 250 submissions were received from 48 countries around the world, with entries judged by an international panel of museum, architecture and design, climate change, heritage and sustainability experts. The eight winners were then invited to develop their concepts for an exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre in the run up to COP26, the UN’s Climate Change conference.

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Existances exhibit at Glasgow Science Centre, overlooking the main COP26 venue. Photograph by Jonathan Gardner.

The project is a joint initiative bringing together my own New Trajectories project with the ongoing work of the AHRC Heritage Priority Area, led by Professor Rodney Harrison, and Henry McGhie’s Curating Tomorrow.

Further information is available on the project website

An open access volume emerging from the project can be downloaded here.

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