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Book of the Week: Curating the Future

Curating connections in a climate-changed world.

The book edited by Jennifer Newell, Libby Robin and Kristin Wehner has been published!

Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change explores the way museums tackle the broad global issue of climate change.

Museums work through exhibitions, events, and specific collection projects to reach different communities in different ways. Curating the Future emphasises the moral responsibilities of museums to address climate change, not just by communicating science but also by enabling people already affected by changes to find their own ways of living with global warming.

The museum sector has a moral obligation to use its collections and exhibitions and other events to explore some of the inequalities brought by global warming. The book tackles the broad global issue of climate change through specific collections and in local places. It reflects the Pacific community at its core, but also embraces many other communities who will experience the adverse effects of climate change sooner or later. The book is rich with practical museum experience and detail, as well as critical, analytical and philosophical about where a museum can intervene to speak to this great conundrum of our times.

“I applaud the contributors to this book for their courage, conviction and actions in confronting the reality of climate change. In so doing, this book chronicles a new standard of mindfulness in museum practice, grounded in a commitment to the durability and well-being of individuals, communities and the planet.”

– Robert R. Janes, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Museum Management and Curatorship

“This book documents and advocates for the significance of material storytelling as a resource for addressing the most significant challenges of the Anthropocene – how to acknowledge and manage the impact of climate change on our planet and its people. I cannot imagine a stronger argument for the importance of museums.”

– Professor Andrea Witcomb, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia

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