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Culture Declares Emergency

Manchester Museum declares a climate emergency. Still.  Again.  More than ever.

At Manchester Museum, we are urgently transforming how we support ecological thinking and action, build more sustainable futures and inspire cooperation and change in our city.

This is a global crisis and we are all partners in a great common reinvention project.  The museum’s international work (in Costa Rica, Australia, India) highlights the immediate and grim impacts of the climate crisis and biodiversity loss on communities and the land.  It reminds us of the inequalities that exist between and within nations.  Our work in Manchester highlights inequalities closer to home.  Climate emergency is a cultural and social justice issue.


In caring for the past, museums are essentially staking a claim on what matters in the future.  At Manchester Museum, at the University of Manchester, we believe a better future requires us to reframe how we care and take action to build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other.


Using #CultureTakesAction, Manchester Museum will share their actions, which include foregrounding indigenous perspectives, reimagining education for future survival and producing a register of green practitioners across Manchester.   The Museum’s Director Esme Ward also leads on the climate response for Manchester Cultural Leaders group and will convene an assembly to address the emergency

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