Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the future generation's ability to meet their own needs.
Museums have a long term role in preservation and community engagement so they are already in the sustainability business!
We recycle stamps to make children's collecting starter packs
The former Treasurer in the rôle of “Rubbish Fairy”, about to recycle some cardboard
Museums serve today's society while aiming to pass on their collections, knowledge and information into the future.
Nowadays museums are trying to think more explicitly about sustainability and are finding it helps them improve their working practice.
We try to build sustainability into our museum's aims and objectives and a sustainability policy has been formally adopted by our Museum Council.
- working with other community organisations and social groups
- consulting and involving local people over museum work and activities
- aiming to make our displays and programming as accessible and inclusive as possible
- encouraging and recruiting local people as volunteers
- providing training, work experience and skill-sharing opportunities
- contacting new users and disadvantaged groups through outreach
- aiming for diversity among staff and volunteers to reflect the local community
- using energy-efficient lighting where possible
- choosing recycled materials where possible
- recycling as much as we can
- volunteers walking to the museum or using public transport
- marking nearby bus stops and stations clearly on the website and brochures
- implementing a green purchasing policy for cleaning products
- sourcing goods locally where possible to reduce carbon emissions
- sending all communications/application forms electronically where possible
- delivering our post by hand where possible
- only accepting donated items from our specific catchment area to keep the collection relevant to the local community
- prioritising items that would fill specific gaps in our collection
- avoiding duplicate items or items of very poor quality