Roots and Branches

A new online Museums’ Carbon Literacy Toolkit will be developed that will be free to access by all museums. It will include everything a museum will need in order to roll it out to colleagues including a presentation and a training manual complete with timing schedule. The Toolkit has the flexibility to be adapted for your local area, using local environmental data and case studies. This will be adapted for a face-to-face delivery model in year two of the project. Museum Development teams across England will also deliver regional training courses with the support of a new Museum Carbon Literacy Officer post.

The launch of Roots & Branches will coincide with the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2021 when The Carbon Literacy Project hope to see the most people Carbon Literacy trained on that day than ever before.

From 9th August to 12th November 2021, on the run up to and during COP26, a social media campaign will run for all museums to join in with, showcasing how the museum sector is responding to the climate crisis. The #MuseumCarbonStories campaign has a schedule of weekly themes linked to environmental sustainability that participating museums can respond to over 14 weeks.

How can you get involved?

For Accredited Museums in England: The Carbon Literacy Toolkit will be piloted in the North West and made available more widely from January 2022. To coincide with COP26, your regional Museum Development team will deliver a Carbon Literacy course that you can sign up to.

Your regional Museum Development team will also provide at least two more regional training courses for museums over the duration of the project. Please keep an eye out for more information and how to book on your local course over the coming months!

If your organisation is interested in rolling out the training internally for your own workforce from November 2021, you can get in touch with your regional team who will be able to give you the information you need to access the materials from The Carbon Literacy Project. Extra support will be available to you through a new Museum Carbon Literacy Officer post that will work across England.

You will also be able to join in the social media campaign using any existing social media platform you use. The #MuseumCarbonStories campaign has a schedule of weekly themes to respond to. The campaign will start on 9th August and run until 12th November 2021, the last day of COP26.

For National Portfolio Organisations and National Museums in England: Once the toolkit has been published, it will be available for you to access through The Carbon Literacy Project website. You can use the content to schedule your own training sessions for your workforce. We also hope that you will join in the social media campaign from August through to November.

For museums outside of England and non-Accredited Museums: Once the toolkit has been published, it will be available for you to access through The Carbon Literacy Project website. You can use the content to schedule your own training sessions with your workforce. We also hope that you will join in the social media campaign from August through to November.