Bridget McKenzie, Founding Director, Flow Associates & Climate Museum UK (United Kingdom)

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Bridget is an independent researcher, consultant and creative curator as director of Flow Associates. She founded Flow in 2006, after 14 years’ managing cultural learning programmes, including Education Officer for Tate and Head of Learning at the British Library. She is a trustee for ONCA Gallery, advisor for Culture Unstained and for the Happy Museum Project. As a Creative Climate Leader, she is founding a Climate Museum for the UK.

"Museums as First Responders"

Lightning talk part of the session "Museums as green revolution leaders" on Monday 27 May

Reflecting on a year of founding a mobile Climate Museum for the UK, Bridget will propose that museums can be seen as ‘First Responders’ in the Climate & Ecological Emergency, helping people cope with change, while also encouraging more expanded and long-term thinking. If museums are to be green revolution leaders, they need to be activists for deep system change and justice.

Reflecting on a year of founding a mobile Climate Museum for the UK, Bridget will propose that museums can be seen as ‘First Responders’ in the Climate & Ecological Emergency, helping people cope with change, while also encouraging more expanded and long-term thinking. If museums are to be green revolution leaders, they need to be both supportive of the immediate needs of their communities and activists for deep system change. Climate change changes everything so, as museums don’t exist in a vacuum of the past, it changes museums too. Climate Museum UK is a new mobile and digital museum, stirring creative response to the planetary emergency. Its aim is to help cultural and civic workers explore climate change and related issues in ways that help their communities to learn, create and take positive action. As Bridget’s background is in Museum Learning and Evaluation, she is treating this as a project to experiment and learn through the process and will share as much learning as she can.

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