Event

Collecting the Future

When
Wednesday 2 October - Friday 4 October 2013

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Exploring how museums engage communities in ways that foster understanding and help with adapting to processes of climate change.

Museums, Communities and Climate Change

How can museums facilitate engagements between audiences, collections and communities to help people manage the transformations being brought by climate change?

To date, museums have largely engaged climate change in terms of science education, seeking to explain global climate science and galvanise rational responses to its findings.

This conference seeks to move beyond an exclusive focus on the science of anthropogenic global change, to concentrate on the inter-related physical, social, cultural and emotional dimensions of climate change and its impacts on the divers communities.

This workshop explores how museums can engage communities in ways that foster understanding and help with adapting to processes of climate change. Museums collect, care for and interpret material culture so they are well placed to help people reflect on how they might re-imagine and re-shape their lives in relation to the rest of nature. Museums also have long traditions of acting as arenas in which communities and people with different perspectives can come together to engage with difficult issues.

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