SEFM hosted a great event at the Wellcome Trust on Wednesday 20th April, hosted by the Wellcome Collection and the Trust. The meeting gathered 50 museum professionals together for an afternoon of networking and to hear speakers discuss topics on sustainability in museums.
Nadine Loach, Chair, SEFM
The afternoon started with an introduction to the event and a reminder of the great contributions from so many UK museums to this year's Earth Hour. You can find Nadine's slides here.
An Introduction to the Wellcome Collection
Lucy Shanahan, Senior Curator, Wellcome Collection
Lucy explained that the Wellcome Collection are in the early stages of looking at sustainability. They have developed a small working group focused on sustainability, which came from a workshop led by Julie's Bicycle.
Our Planet Our Health initiative
Sarah Molton, Head of Our Planet Our Health, Wellcome Trust
Sarah introduced the Wellcome Trust as a funder of research into health. They have funded 15 projects so far, including one looking at environmental changes.
You can find Sarah's slide here.
Image: Sarah Molton
Wellcome Trust and Sustainability
Michelle Faraon, Head of Sustainability Development, Wellcome Trust
Michelle recently started looking at sustainability at the Wellcome Trust. She is interested in wellbeing and environmental sustainability in their day to day projects. Michelle is currently developing the Trust's policies and framework, as well as being part of the Trust's Sustainability Development Group.
Image: Michelle Faraon
Dissertations for Good
Kim Croasdale, Sustainability Project Officer, NUS
Kim told us about the NUS's Dissertations for Good initiative which brings universities and organisations together to work on student-led projects beneficial to both parties. If you would like to find out more about the initiative, and even sign up as an organisation, you can find out more information on the NUS website.
You can find Kim's slides here.
Image: Kim Croasdale
Air Quality Explained
Elizabeth Fonseca, Environmental Quality Manager, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Elizabeth explained the health impacts from air pollution using a variety of data to communicate the issues.
You can find Elizabeth's slides here.
Air Quality and Art
Alice Sharp, Curator and Director, Invisible Dust
Alice shared Invisible Dust's environmental art projects that bring artists and scientists together. They are currently working towards the Hull 2017 air pollution project.
Sustainable Palm Oil
Christina Wood, Consultant, Efeca
Christina explained how palm oil can be found in many products that we are often unaware of. It is important to use only products that have an RSPO certification if they contain palm oil. Museums should be aware of this when sourcing food and cleaning products.
You can find Christina's slides here.
Image: Christina Wood
Wellcome Collection Tour
Attendees were treated to a tour of some of the collection and a browse of the exhibitions.
The next SEFM event will be held in July. Tthe venue and speakers will be announced shortly.