#MuseumCarbonStories social media campaign: running to 12th November 2021

The Campaign

The #MuseumCarbonStories social media campaign has been developed as part of the Roots and Branches project to support museums to become Carbon Literate and take action against climate change. 

On the run up to and during COP26, #MuseumCarbonStories is an opportunity for museums to share what actions they have been taking against climate change. It is also a chance for the sector to broaden the conversation around the climate crisis with social media audiences using their collections. As a guide to get involved, we have put together a schedule of weekly themes for museums to respond to. 

Campaign Hashtag: #MuseumCarbonStories   

Others you might like to use:

 #COP26  #CultureCOP26  #RootsAndBranches  #CarbonLit #CultureTakesAction

For inspiration, search the hashtag to see how other museums have been getting involved.

Theme Schedule

Week beginningThemeKey campaigns you could also link to
27th SeptSowing the SeedsSeed Gathering Season: 23rd Sept – 23rd Oct World Vegetarian Day: 1st October
4th  OctBiodiversity and Animal WelfareWorld Animal Day: 4th October
11th OctGreen Technology
18th OctClean Air and EnergyInternational Walk to School Month: 1st-31st October
25th  OctLight Bulb Moments 
1st NovWhat Will We Do First?! https://ukcop26.org: 1st-12th November
8th NovWhat Will We Do Next?! https://ukcop26.org: 1st-12th November

On the Front Line: Arctic Museums and Climate Change symposium

3pm-5pm GMT Tuesday 2nd November

Coinciding with COP26, a virtual symposium ‘On the Front Line: Arctic Museums and Climate Change’ will convene speakers from museums located in or representing the Arctic to address climate change and the imminent threat it poses to the indigenous communities they serve. Two sessions cover the impact of climate change on indigenous communities and the collections and programmes that explore indigenous ways of life, with panellists from museums in Canada, Finland, Greenland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. There will also be a keynote from Dr. Jago Cooper and Dr. Amber Lincoln who recently organised the exhibition ‘Arctic Culture and Climate’, with moderation from NMS Director Dr Chris Breward.

The event is hosted by the National Nordic Museum in partnership with the Alliance of American Museums, National Museum Directors’ Council, and the International Council of Museums.

For the full programme and to sign up see here

Why should museums take note of COP26?

What is COP26? (1st-12th November) Unknown
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Sixth Assessment Report this summer. The report shows that emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are responsible for approximately 1.1°C of warming from 1850 to 1900, and that averaged over the next 20 years, global temperature is expected to reach or exceed 1.5°C of warming. This will trigger tipping points from which there will be no return and the impacts of climate change will be increasingly felt across the world including extreme heat, droughts, heavy rain, wildfires, and the acidification of oceans.

This assessment was published just months before Glasgow hosts COP26, a key global climate summit starting next week. The COP (Conference of the Parties) is the meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change which brings together around 200 countries committed to reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, to achieve a global net zero emissions target by 2050.

Just yesterday the UN published a report stating that the current plans to cut emissions will not work quickly enough, with the world on course to warm to 2.7°C – Climate change: UN emissions gap report a ‘thundering wake-up call’.

The outcomes of discussions at COP26 will be fundamental to how we collectively deal with climate change and reduce our carbon emissions in the next crucial few years to avoid the tipping point.

For a guide to the conference, see COP26: What is the Glasgow climate conference and why is it important?

What does it mean for the museum sector?
All governments are having to set ambitious targets to reach net zero emissions. The UK government has set in law to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels which would bring the UK more than three-quarters of the way to net zero by 2050.

Every individual and sector has a responsibility to take action and make changes to meet net zero by 2050. Museum audiences and stakeholders are increasing their expectations of our cultural organisations to take ownership of and tackle their environmental impacts.

Arts Council England (ACE), in their 10-year strategy Let’s Create, have an Investment Principle for Environmental Responsibility. ACE wants to support organisations to embed environmental thinking in everything they do, not only in terms of their operations and management but also their programming, partnerships and support to communities through their commitment to communicating issues of climate change and provoking debate.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund too have more of a focus on environmental sustainability. They want all the projects they fund to reduce the effects of climate change, help places and people adapt to changing environments, support the recovery of nature across the UK and have a positive impact on the environment.

Museums and the collections they house can play a vital role in supporting local communities and wider audiences to navigate, understand and talk about the climate crisis. Museums are one of the few places where strangers can gather, interact and engage, away from the complexities of the social world. They can also provide a safe space for people to reflect on, challenge and change their own views and those of others, on their own terms.

Not everything can be done all at once, but the sector can and must identify short-term goals and longer-term ambitions for ecological thinking and action to build a sustainable future and inspiring post-pandemic green recovery.

Throughout COP26, MDNW will be posting updates, resources and information on sustainability to support museums in their efforts to tackle climate change, so watch this space.

Four Nations International Fund Launched

From Arts Council England:

The Four Nations International Fund is now open for applications until 11 November 2021.
This pilot fund is being administered by Creative Scotland, in partnership with Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, and Arts Council Wales/Wales Arts International.

The fund will support individuals and organisations across the four nations working in the arts and creative industries to develop international partnerships and to co-create projects. Applications require partners in at least two of the four UK nations and at least one international partner. 

Grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 will be available from a total budget of £100,000 for in-person, digital or hybrid activity including exchanges, residencies, partnership development, co-creation and networking. 

Click here for more details and info on how to apply.

Job Opportunity: Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, Carlisle

Job title: Learning and Access Assistant
Salary: £10 per hour
Location: Carlisle
Hours: part-time 22.5 hours per week over three days
Contract: fixed term for three years
Closing date: 1200hrs on Monday 15th November 2021

From Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life:

We are looking for someone who is highly organised, creative, and keen to learn to join our small Museum team. Working closely with the Museum Manager, you will develop and deliver workshops and activities for schools and families and help create online resources and activities as we digitally upgrade.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone seeking to expand their knowledge and skills in the Museum sector, with support and guidance provided by the Museum Manager.  This post requires an enhanced DBS check and some weekend, Bank Holiday, and evening work.

For job description and application form, please contact: jules.wooding@cmoml.org


Trustee Opportunity: Z-arts, Manchester

From Z-arts:

We are recruiting for new trustees, including a new chair and treasurer to help support Z-arts’ vision and strategy.

Are you interested in…

  • Creative education?
  • Children’s theatre, literature and literacy?
  • Developing artists (theatre makers and arts facilitators) making work for children and young people?

The successful applicant would be expected to donate a minimum of 60 hours per year to trustee duties, including preparing for and attending meetings and events.

You do not need to have previous experience as a trustee, as mentoring and induction is provided.

DEADLINE: Friday 3rd December.
We accept video and audio applications, as well as written expressions of interests. 

Find out more about this opportunity: Z-arts Trustee Recruitment Pack

Any questions, please contact liz@z-arts.org

Freelance Opportunities: Full of Noises/Acoustic Commons

Project Advisor for Acoustic Commons
Salary: Freelance post – £5000 (20 days at £250)
Location: Remote/Home working. Optional use of FoN office space in Barrow-in-Furness. Minimum 2 meetings on site during project.
Hours: Part time – average 1.5 days a month
Contract: 12 months (November 2021 – November 2022)
Closing Date: 29 October, 2021, 6pm

Acoustic Commons is a Creative Europe funded collaboration between four arts organisations and a range of associate partners, each with close links to a specific site of cultural and/or natural heritage value.

They are looking for a freelance project advisor to work alongside lead partner Full of Noises to advise and support administration of the Creative Europe Small Co-operation project grant. The project includes a range of outcomes including: workshops, online events, camping events, residencies, commissions and exhibitions. The total project budget is €374,000.

The advisor will have previous experience of managing and reporting on Creative Europe grants at a similar or larger scale, and of working with multiple partners across the cultural sector. Responsibilities include:

  • Review of financial reporting and evidence collection and completion of final report
  • Advise on sourcing of an independent financial auditor within the UK
  • Review of comms and marketing activity, sharing of project outcomes and crediting
  • Review of audience data collection and reporting
  • Advise on completion of final reports (August – November 2022)
  • Working with the Audience Development co-ordinator to action any recommended actions
  • Work with the independent evaluators to feed into final report
  • Advise on development of an application for stage 2 of the project in 2022

Please contact glenn@fonfestival.org if you would like to see the full project proposal document and/or application before applying

This is a freelance post, commencing in November 2021. The role is for a total of 20 days across the project lifespan, at a daily rate of £250 per day (inclusive of any travel costs) to include an average of 1-2 days per month. Applicants must be registered as self-employed and have the right to work in the UK.

To apply, please visit: https://fonfestival.org/fon_events/ac-project-advisor-post/

Piel View House Project Coordinator
Salary: Freelance post – £16,000 (64 days at £250)
Location: Remote working and/or use of FoN office space in Barrow Town Centre. Barrow-in-Furness (site visits).
Hours: Part Time – Approx. 6 days per month
Contract: 10 months (November 2021 – August 2022)
Closing Date: 29 October, 2021, 6pm

Full of Noises is a sound art and new music organisation based in a public park on Cumbria’s Furness Peninsula.

They are looking for a freelance project coordinator to work alongside FoN’s staff, their Board of Directors and architects/project managers LEDA (Leeds Environmental Design Associates) to support the redevelopment of our building in Barrow’s busy public park. The project includes redevelopment of an existing Victorian park keepers’ house into an artists’ residency space including offices for the company and creation of a new, 40 capacity public performance and project space. The total project budget is £640,000.

The coordinator will have previous experience of managing and coordinating capital projects at a similar or larger scale, and of working with multiple partners, preferably including work with a local authority and/or cultural organisation. The co-ordinator will be responsible for:

● Leading communications between the architects and project managers LEDA, construction contractors and Full of Noises directors during the construction and finishing stages of the project.

● Coordinating with Barrow Borough Council and Barrow Park managers to ensure access and safety procedures are in place during construction.

● Making sure that key decisions and changes are communicated and resolved clearly and effectively.

● Monitoring the project budget, communicating any proposed changes and for submitting payment requests to the project’s main funders (Arts Council England and the Sir John Fisher Foundation).

● Preparing for and managing/supporting the directors in the re-occupation of the refurbished building

Please contact glenn@fonfestival.org if you would like to see the full project description and designs / plans before applying.

For more information & to apply: https://fonfestival.org/fon_events/piel-view-house-capital-project-co-ordinator-post-29-10-2021/ Applicants must be registered as self-employed and have the right to work in the UK

Museum Shop Sunday 2021

From the Association for Cultural Enterprises:

Join over 1,600 cultural attractions worldwide on Sunday 28 November 2021 to celebrate Museum Shop Sunday. It’s never been more important to highlight the vital role of retail in helping arts, cultural and heritage venues to survive and thrive. Museum Shop Sunday is a fantastic opportunity to do just that!

How to get involved

  • Plan an event or promotion for Museum Shop Sunday – something fun that will attract plenty of publicity in the run-up to the day. It might be a craft demonstration or book signing, a food or drink tasting, a competition, prize draw or free gift. Highlight what makes shopping at your venue unique – whether it’s bespoke gifts, ethical sourcing or locally crafted products with stories linked to your organisation.
  • Use the marketing toolkit to create web banners, posters and social media posts. Check out our ready made social media strategy, an easy to follow document packed with practical advice, expertise and customisable templates.
  • Share your plans with us so we can promote your event on the Museum Shop Sunday website and social channels. Submit your details (including your event or promotion if possible) to be added to our What’s On page, and email good quality images of your shop or products to joanne@culturalenterprises.org.uk

    Click here for more details.

#SustainingCulture #MuseumShopSunday

Job Opportunity: Julie’s Bicycle

Climate Change & Sustainability Specialist – Museums & Galleries
Salary: £38,000 per annum
Location: Somerset House, London (*)
Hours: Full-time
Contract: Fixed term until end of March 2023 (with potential to extend)
Deadline: 12 noon 27th October 2021

(*) Due to COVID-19 the Julie’s Bicycle team are currently working from home with the intention to return to some increased office-based working from January. Access to office space in London is available to staff who can’t or don’t want to work from home.

Julie’s Bicycle is looking for an outstanding individual to join its team as Climate Change & Sustainability Specialist, focusing on museums and galleries, delivering key consultancy and partnership projects.

Candidates will have strong knowledge of environment and climate: basics of the causes and consequences, key issues, solutions, and technologies. You will have confidence in how to embed sustainable practice in operations, communications, and governance in cultural organisations and networks.

You will be excited about the role of the cultural sector in demonstrating and inspiring action. Julie’s Bicycle would particularly welcome expertise on some or all of the following:

  • sustainability in complex buildings
  • sustainability for events
  • the circular economy
  • waste
  • transport
  • supply chains
  • the Sustainable Development Goals

You will be able to combine strategic thinking with on-the-ground delivery in all stages of a project. An excellent communicator and confident project manager, you will have a flexible, solution-focused approach.

For further details see https://juliesbicycle.com/work-with-us/

AIM’s Tackling Inequalities Hallmark Grants Open for Applications

From the Association of Independent Museums:

We’re pleased to open the AIM Hallmark Grants for a new round of applications. This year grants of up to £10,000 will be available to support projects addressing AIM’s Tackling Inequality Hallmark.

AIM Hallmarks support Accredited Museums or museums Working Towards Accreditation in England, funded by Arts Council England through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding.

The closing date for this round of applications is 31 January 2022 and grants will be made by the end of February. Take a look at the full details on our website and please get in touch if you’re interested in applying. 

Click here for full details.

Arts Council England publishes National Portfolio update for 2023 onwards

From Arts Council England:

This next portfolio will play a crucial role in helping us realise the vision of our strategy, Let’s Create.

We’ll invest in arts organisations, libraries and museums who are excellent at what they do: engaging communities, collaborating with others, and producing high quality work that engages and moves us.

Making sure that access to this work is available to people the length and breadth of the country, regardless of who they are, or where they live, will be vital to the success of this portfolio.

Take a look at the timeline for making an application, who can apply, how the portfolio will help deliver our strategy, Let’s Create, and more here.