Sustainable Museums

How can museums remain resilient in uncertain times? How can they thrive under changing economic, legislative and cultural conditions? Museum sustainability expert Rachel Madan covers new territory for any museum aiming to become more sustainable.

This is not a book about changing light bulbs - Sustainable Museums provides a system enabling you to start making changes that are both transformational and lasting. It will help you create a museum that is resilient, confident and secure in its sustainability approach. And as well as lots of advice, it provides a host of inspiring international case studies along the way.

Among the key topics covered in the book’s information-rich 380 pages are:

  1. Developing a sustainability vision for your own museum
  2. The importance of leadership – and achieving it at every level
  3. Finding and bringing your sustainability team together
  4. Undertaking your sustainability audit and discovering where you are
  5. Determining where you want to get to
  6. Developing a sustainability strategy for your museum
  7. Setting and achieving critical targets and milestones
  8. Developing the policies and plans which will support your strategy
  9. Letting the world know – communicating your sustainability
  10. Overcoming the inevitable implementation problems
  11. Where do you go next?

A Short History of Sustainability
Your Vision
Developing a Foundation for Leadership
Get Your Team Together
Assess Your Impact
Developing a Sustainability Strategy
Targets and Milestones
Developing Policies and Plans
Communicating Sustainability

Case Studies Heritage Lottery Fund | Ruskin Museum Balboa Park Cultural Partnership National Museums Liverpool | Massachusetts Audubon Society Connecticut Science Center The Beacon Museum Lakeland Arts Trust John G Shedd Aquarium Manchester United Museum and Tour Centre Smithsonian National Zoo The Harris Museum, Preston Minnesota Historical Society Manchester Museum Manchester Art Gallery Ball State University Museum of Art Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Heide Museum of Modern Art Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Detroit Zoo Musée de la Civilisation RETHINK Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Abbot Hall Art Gallery Manchester Art Gallery British Library Warrington Museum The Design Museum Walker Art Center Renaissance South East North Carolina Museum of Art Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center Chabot Space & Science Center National Museums Liverpool Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Abasuba Community Peace Museum

Educated in New York and London, Rachel Madan is a leading international expert in museum sustainability and founder of Greener Museums. She has worked with Tate, the Department of Culture Media & Sport, National Museums Liverpool, National Library of Scotland and many other organisations large and small in the UK and USA.

Rachel is currently Sustainability Officer at the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group), Washington DC.

Sir Nicholas Serota | Director, Tate
Rachel Madan engenders fresh thinking and applies new solutions that are helping us achieve real change… 

History News | American Association of State and Local History
A primer on worldwide responses to sustainability in museums.

Sarah Brophy | Sustainable Museums Blog
Sustainable Museums provides solid foundational information for greening museums. It is a mix of the author’s work and a solid list of contributed cases from museums, trusts and agencies in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Denmark and Kenya. I particularly like that in her suggestions, as well as the case studies, that there is very much an emphasis on efficiencies, collaboration, and sound baseline information. Among the case studies I found many valuable snippets I’d hope the field could emulate. They were a pleasure to read, and a shot of inspiration."

Title: Sustainable Museums: Strategies for the 21st Century
Author: Rachel Madan
Pages: 380
Illustrations: 90
Size: 216 x 140mm
Date: 2011
Editions: £45 [paperback] | £35 [eBook]
ISBN: 978-1-907697-09-8 [paperback]

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