Museums for the Future

A Development Toolkit: become the centre of a sustainable community

For museums, being sustainable isn’t just about low energy lighting in displays. It is about so much more. Museums have extraordinary opportunities to transform themselves, their visitors’ lives, their communities, natural environments and the planet. These opportunities include:

  • being centres for innovation with sustainable materials, working with students and local businesses
  • protecting and growing green spaces where wildlife can thrive
  • being a base for local food knowledge and heritage, even producing and selling food
  • exploring the science behind new energy technologies and running energy challenges
  • and many more.

This Toolkit aims to give a legacy to the Green SLIME initiative from Renaissance South East in providing a framework and materials for museums to become agents in forging a more environmentally sustainable future. That is, to be a Museum for the Future.

It is offered free to museum staff and supporters and to anyone involved in museum training and development. Many of the examples refer to the South East of England but its approach is relevant to any museum in the UK or elsewhere. It will also be of interest to heritage sites, arts organisations, archives, libraries, botanic gardens and wildlife centres.

1.    The Information Pack

Get an overview of Museums for the Future, why your organisation might go ahead, some challenges, you might face, the options you might take and a framework for evaluation.

MFTF Toolkit Information Pack (PDF, 507Kb).

2.    The Kickstarter session

These three documents will help you to organise a training session or workshop with staff (or trustees, advocates or supporters):

3.    The Directory

This contains lots of resources, ideas and links to inspire and guide you as you carry out your Museums for the Future plan.

MFTF Resource Directory (PDF, 457KB).

The Green SLIME initiative was developed through the Science Links in Museum Education (SLIME) Network funded through Renaissance South East. Green SLIME was funded through the MLA’s Strategic Commissioning Education Programme, Science in Your World.