Kristin Alford, director of the MOD Museum, shared her expertise via videoconference at our pilot event in November 2019 in Berlin. It is after this event that she decided to use some content produced during the workshop and to share it with her colleagues from other museums and cultural institutions in South Australia. The meeting gathered around 35 participants.
During the event, they shared some reflections on the programme “Museums Facing Extinction” in Berlin including the four levels of actions from website and using the Call to Action Video. Then, they watched a selection of short provocative videos by the MFE experts (Diane Drubay, Bridget McKenzie, Camilla Tham, Robert R. Janes, Stephan Brandt, Cara Courage, Miranda Massie and Ewa Chomicka). The event finished with an open discussion to reflect on the videos and think on how to locally respond to the Calls to Action.
Kajsa Hartig, Head of Department, Collections and Cultural Environments at Västernorrlands Museum in Sweden organised a meeting with her museum colleagues from communication, programming, exhibitions/documentation and research departments.
During the meeting, the group watched few videos from our pilot event in Berlin, reflect on the idea and provocations shared and detailled the five levels of actions suggested.
At the end, they decided to have an internal meeting (or two) where they gather our thoughts on what has been done in terms of sustainability, and supporting society in actions against climate change. The group also decided to organise a workshop on May 6 gathering regional museums and organisations within the heritage sector.
In response to the climate emergency, Heritage and Culture are innovating and transforming, are committed and taking action. In order to understand the situation and to be inspired to act better, the French National Heritage Center asked We Are Museums to curate and moderate an event inspired by “Museums Facing Extinction”. We have brought together experts who will take the pulse of the situation and challenge you: Suzanne REYNDERS (Institut National de Recherche Agronomique), Cara COURAGE (Tate), Thanh-Tam LÊ, (EIT Climate-KIC France), Alexandra de BOUHELLIER, Centre Pompidou), Lionel ARNAULT (French National Heritage Center), Richard HANNA (Fairness), Lucie MARINIER (City of Paris).