Facilitator Pack


This is a freely available workshop facilitation pack. It was  produced by our team in order to help the heritage sector communicate climate change in an effective way.

This pack draws upon our ‘We need to talk about Climate Change’ workshop at the Manchester Museum, Manchester, UK, on 7 April 2017.

The aim of this workshop was to come together to explore existing heritage sector practices; share new approaches to engagement and communication around climate change; and to help forge positive connections and modes of collaboration. For example, this facilitation guide was requested by participants so they might initiate/animate conversations with their own audiences.



‘Nothing comes through the letterbox on climate change’

Our workshop at the Manchester Museum in April 2017 made use of quotations from our research participants. These were useful to prompt discussion as they present, and allow us to explore, a range of different viewpoints on climate change and heritage. We have made these quotations freely available to facilitate your own discussions.

Click below to download these quotations.

workshop excercise quotes

We need to talk about Climate Change

(Note: this is a past event. A summary of the workshop can be downloaded here: HERITAGE AND CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP SUMMARY)

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 the findings of 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