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Museums Collaborating Around Climate Change: A Workshop

Museums Collaborating Around Climate Change: A Workshop

Above Museum of Tomorrow Image: Cameron Muir

Jenny Newell organised the Third Museums & Climate Change Network workshop, on the topic of ‘Museums Collaborating Around Climate Change,’ held at the Australian Museum on 20 July 2017.

The aims were to share what we are all currently doing within our institutions to encourage greater public engagement in the issues and challenges of climate change, and to advance a ‘next steps’ conversation, to see how we might effectively support each other and find fruitful ways to work together.


Kirsten Wehner, Libby Robin and Jenny Newell presented an update on the Museums & Climate Change Network and its future activities.

Cameron Muir gave an overview of the Everyday Futures project.

International guests presented on activities at their institutions:

The afternoon was dedicated to group discussion and finding opportunities for collaboration.

How do we live with our planet and each other?
How do we live with our planet and each other?


Jeffery Bickner, President, Climate Synergy Solutions

Fiona Cameron, Senior research fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney

Craig Donarski, Director, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

Stan Florek, Collections officer, Pacific collections, Australian Museum

Vanessa Low, Divisional co-ordinator, Programs, Exhibitions & Cultural Collections, Australian Museum

Jenny Newell, A/Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections, Australian Museum

Elizabeth Marshall, Public Arts Officer, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

Miranda Massie, Director, The Climate Museum, New York

Kim McKay, Director and CEO, Australian Museum

Logan Metcalfe, Collections officer, Pacific collections, Australian Museum

Cameron Muir, Sydney Environment Institute and National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Luiz Alberto Oliveira, Chief Curator, Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro

Dean Peterson, Head of Science, Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand

Ricardo Piquet, President, Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro

Fara Pelarek, Head, Australian Museum Research Institute Education and Lifelong Learning

Libby Robin, Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

Sue Saxon, Creative producer, Programs, Australian Museum

Joseph-Zane Sikulu, Pacific (Australia)

Louise Teteris, Touring Exhibitions Co-ordinator, Australian Museum

Thelma Thomas, Pacific hip-hop soul artist, creative producer and staff member, Australian Museum

Angela Tiatia, Multimedia Artist, Sydney

Thom Van Dooren, Assoc. Prof. of Env. Humanities, Dep. Head of School of Arts & Humanities, UNSW

Kirsten Wehner, Sydney Environment Institute/ Central St Martins, London

Mariko Yoshida, PhD candidate, Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra

Participating off-site:
Emma Burns,
Curator, Natural Science, Otago Museum
Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, Manchester Museum
Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science, UCL (former Director, Science Museum), London
Martha Sear, chief curator, People and the Environment, National Museum of Australia
Jay Sterling Gregg, Copenhagen