Key takeaways from Museums Collaborating around Climate Change Workshop. Australian Museum, Sydney, 20 July 2017.


  • Attendees enthusiastic about working collaboratively
  • General consensus that enacting a collaboration is best done around a specific project – this will enable us to establish a working relationship. We can start small.
  • Some of the more sustained proposals for the small-scale concrete collaborative project:
    • developing an annual ‘International Climate Day’. Celebrated with programs, etc at each institution on the same day each year.
    • developing a touring exhibition
    • developing an online exhibition

Conversations have been continuing by email, especially in the lead-up to the next gathering: the ‘International Climate change and museums symposium’, Manchester Museum, April 2018.

A workshop, run by a set of participants in the July event, will advance the development of a ‘pop up’ climate change exhibition for anywhere – a digitally-available exhibition kit with panel templates and digital components that can be downloaded, localised and printed anywhere.  The kit includes some intro panels with global climate change information, and local content components with guidance on engaging with local communities to garner spoken word, video, and objects that can be incorporated in a range of low-cost ways into the exhibition.

To join the conversation, contact

List of attendees (onsite)

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

Craig Donarski, Director, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

Paul Flemons, Manager, Digital Collections and Citizen Science, Australian Museum

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, 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 of Lifelong Learning, Australian Museum

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

Sue Saxon, Creative producer, Programs, Australian Museum

Joseph-Zane Sikulu, Pacific (Australia)

Cameron Slatyer, Head of Natural Science collections, Australian Museum

Mathew Sloane, Education officer, Australian Museum

Louise Teteris, Touring Exhibitions Co-ordinator, Australian Museum

Thelma Thomas, Pacific hip-hop soul artist, Pacific Youth Programs officer, Australian Museum

Angela Tiatia. Multimedia artist, Sydney

Thom Van Dooren, Assoc. Prof. of Environmental Humanities, Deputy Head of School of Arts and Humanities (Research) School of Humanities University of New South Wales

Kirsten Wehner, 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

Jennifer Woodcock-Medicine Horse, PhD candidate, Montana State University

Video of Workshop: Museums Collaborating around Climate Change. Australian Museum, Sydney, 20 July 2017.

The 2017 Museums & Climate Change Network workshop is published below:

Session One:

Session Two:

The aim of the July 2017 workshop at the Australian Museum is to establish effective ways for museums around the world to collaborate on engaging hearts and minds, creating climate-active citizens, and influencing policy around climate change.  Museums and Climate Change Network members were invited.

This was a participatory, roll-your-sleeves-up workshop. The day had plenty of time for small group work directed at sharing and growing ideas and establishing clear steps forward. Numbers were kept low to keep the discussion moving.

There were presentations from several local and international speakers, including Miranda Massie, Director of The Climate Museum, New York.

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Henry Evans

Principal  | Magnificent Ocean

Copenhagen, Denmark
Mobile +44 (0) 7807012256  |

Henry Evans recently completed a Masters in Climate Change Science from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and runs a science education business called Magnificent Ocean. The business delivers science education around the world, on a variety of topics such as sustainability, climate change, marine biology and exploration. He is currently preparing a PhD proposal centred on the communication of climate change, with a focus on museums and education.


Sarah Sutton, LEED-AP

Sustainability Consultant
Principal | Sustainable Museums

Tel: +1 978-505-4515    |

I am a sustainability consultant for museums, zoos, gardens, aquariums and historic sites (wherever they may be). I help them strategize and implement mitigation and resilience approaches, and conservation engagement with their community agencies and members. I am the founder of #MuseumsforParis, author of Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites and Museums, and co-author of The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice.


Jay Sterling Gregg, a senior researcher and lecturer at the Technical University of Denmark in the Climate Change and Sustainable Development program, created Climagination as a platform for engaging people in the climate issue by inspiring them to get in touch with their imagination and creativity. The ultimate goal is to create a climate museum in Copenhagen.