We need to talk about Climate Change

Workshop at Manchester Museum,  April 7th, 2017

This is an exploratory workshop which brings together some key individuals from a range of heritage organisations. Together we will consider how this sector is currently communicating climate change to the public.  We will explore a series of important questions:

Could heritage organisations play an important role within climate communication- why and how?

Should the heritage sector try to communicate climate change to the public, and on the basis of what principles does it get involved?

We will also share ideas about the potential barriers to these strategies (internal or external to the organisation) and how they might they be overcome.

This workshop came about because of our earlier research findings, for a project called ‘Troubled Waters’, which suggested a need for heritage organisations to face the challenge of climate change communication. Our own engagement with communities that are increasingly vulnerable to coastal inundation and flooding, indicated the importance of effective engagement and communication. The workshop will draw from findings from research conducted in the UK and in Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in Micronesia, and share some of the opinions expressed by individuals in those communities.

The workshop is hosted by project partners, Manchester Museum, and facilitated by Dr Anna Woodham (Kings College London) and Dr Jo Orchard-Webb (freelance consultant). It draws on the expertise of Climate Outreach, who will also work with the project team to deliver a freely available online toolkit, to reflect this ongoing conversation. This toolkit will be specifically targeted for the heritage sector, as it finds its role within climate change communication.

Joint the conversation at #heritage4climate