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 are now developing their concepts for an exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre to be held in the run up to COP26, the UN’s Climate Change conference. The exhibition will be accompanied by talks, workshops and other activities encouraging debate around the future role of museums in times of rapid environmental change.

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. We are now working closely with the eight winning teams and Emma Woodham, Climate Change Programme Manager at Glasgow Science Centre to realise the exhibition.

Further information is available on the project website www.museumsforclimateaction.org

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