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Gallery Leverages Kickstarter Campaign For Green Energy

Sustainability has been something of a watchword in the museum and gallery sector for some time now and yet there has not been a great...

Bristol Museum Highlights Extinction Crisis

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery houses one of the most popular natural history collections in the UK. Recently it became the latest institution to focus...

Can Museums Reduce Their Use of Single-Use Plastic?

Since the introduction of single-use plastic in 1960, it has been a major marine pollutant. While its invention improved the shopping industry, it has caused...

Museums working with refugees and migrants

How do museums fit into the narrative around the refugee and migrant crisis? Migration is a big political issue, both in North America and Europe....

Instagram friendly pop-up museum opens in New York to highlight the issue of plastic in our oceans

The Museum of Plastic is the latest Instagram friendly pop up to open in the United States, following in the footsteps of the Museum of...

National Gallery, London exhibits £3.6 million painting in prison

London’s National Gallery has revealed that its recently acquired self portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi went on display at HMP Prison Send, a female prison in...

How Can Museums Support the Youth Climate Strike?

The School Strike For Climate is an international movement of students, drawing attention to the lack of action from politicians on the issue of climate...

How are Museums working with Prisons, Ex-Offenders and exploring the justice system?

Prisoners and ex-offenders have a complex set of needs. These need to be met in order for them to be effectively rehabilitated into society. Museums...

How can Museums tackle the subject of addiction and help former addicts?

Addiction is a lot more common than people might realise. Over 20 million people in the United States over the age of 12 have some...

How can you measure the social impact of museums and celebrate the successes of programs and initiatives?

It can be a daunting task for a museum to figure out what information it should be measuring to figure out its social impact. It’s...

What is Active Ageing and how can Museums help?

People are now living longer than ever before. The average life expectancy around the globe is rising year on year. Although it is levelling off...

The Museums giving Veterans a voice and using art therapy to help with trauma

People who have served in the armed forces can find it difficult to adjust to society on their return. It can be a struggle to...

How can Museums help the growing number of caregivers?

There are 45.3 million people in the USA providing some form of care to a friend or family member. Looking after a relative or loved...

The Dignity Museum wants to change how you think about homelessness

Housed in a bright red shipping container in a parking lot southwest of Atlanta, The Dignity Museum doesn’t look like most museums. But this travelling exhibition created...

Celebrating Women in the Arts with the North Carolina Museum of Art

The representation and visibility of women artists remains an uphill battle in museums, galleries, and art publications. In February 2019, The Public Library of Science...

Loneliness and Social Isolation – How Can Museums Help?

The issue of loneliness has been making headlines in recent years. More and more people are feeling isolated and alone. In fact, a recent study...

The Chicago company opening museum doors to people with autism

A visit to a museum can be challenging for a person with autism. People on the spectrum interact with the world in a different way....

Best practice in making Museums more accessible to visually impaired visitors

Museums have a duty to cater to people with a wide range of needs and this includes visually impaired people. This is not a small...

How museums are helping homeless people

Museums are helping homeless people in a variety of ways. Homelessness is an important issue in the United States. The US Department of Housing and...

What does it mean to decolonize a museum?

In the past few years, museums across the US, Europe, and Australia are trying to tackle the challenge of decolonizing their institutions. However, the very...

Film: How Can You Decolonise Museums?

How can you decolonise museums? This presentation shares how Birmingham Museum collaborated with local cultural activists with a strong record of challenging museums to create...

Film: Making Museums accessible with a telepresence robot

Two years ago a museum robot was implemented to the programme by Marleen Hartjes to enable a visit for people who cannot attend the museum...

Museums and the art of environmental sustainability

It’s no longer enough for museums to simply serve as monuments to preservation — they must now focus on conservation, as well. As climate change...

Film: Indigenising and Decolonising the Museum

A story about indigenising and decolonising the museum, presenting concrete strategies and actionable measures for rapid change. We can and must challenge longstanding imbalances in...