Protest Against Shell Sponsorship of the Science Museum

Protest Against Shell Sponsorship of the Science Museum
We support UKSCN London in their effort to protest the Shell sponsorship of the London Science Museum. If you are in London, we encourage you to join their efforts!
Please read their call o action carefully: “We wrote a letter to the Science Museum calling on them to end the Shell sponsorship of their new exhibition on carbon capture and storage. Their response wasn’t good enough. Join us outside the Science Museum on the 22nd of May at 2pm to demand the Science Museum #DropShell Notes: Please remember to wear a mask and respect social distancing. We are asking groups to not bring any branded placards etc.”

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Recap: Green Week 2021

Thank you so much for your last contribution(s) during our Green week from April 19th-23rd 2021. Together with museums and museum professionals (and of course museum go-ers and art enthusiasts) we celebrated Earth Day and asked museums to go green. We were stunned how many of you showed up and off: so many marvelous #greenestobjects were highlighted in our second #curatorbattle and many more green events happened near and far. And even though, we said in our call to action that we “may not be able to turn our institutions green overnight”, all our social media feeds somehow magically did. Thank you for being part of this!

Thank you all for making the (museum) world greener! #museumsgogreen.

Here are some MFF team favorite moments from the Green Week!

Anna: “Museums and communities from all around the world are envisioning, demanding and working towards a greener (museum) world. Change is coming and #GreenWeek showed how we can get there!”

Florian: “I enjoyed the creativity of all the posts. The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art for instance showed with its #GreenestObject  how the future will be: Green and so shinyyyy!”

Diane: “It was fabulous to see how the #greenweek campaign was taken up globally and even managed to reach beyond the horizon of ‘Museums For Future’. This movement has no boundaries!”

Janette: “During earth week, I noticed a lot of attention to the issue of sustainability in museums. Worldwide networking, not least through social media, allows us to notice how present mindfulness is in many museums and shows that individual activists are not alone. Let’s hope that this is only the starting point of a long-term engagement with climate protection.I personally found the discussions at the “Assembly for permacircular museums“, a conference organized by ZKM, the Center for art and media in Karlsruhe, to be very inspiring, bringing together interdisciplinary and diverse approaches to a (possible) contemporary museum practice and its needs.”

Silvia: “We have found it! The greenest collection item we have in the Slovak Mining Museum (SBM) – a sample of Malachite which is exhibited in the SBM’s Mineralogical Museum.”

Statement: Science Museum

As Museum For Future we welcome past and current efforts by the Science Museum to incorporate sustainability issues in their working practices, collections care and public education. We also recognize that there are and have to be many solutions when it comes to tackling the climate crisis and that it is imperative  to share knowledge about climate innovations with the wider public.

However, we also see direct sponsorship of the upcoming “Our Future Planet” exhibition at the Science Museum through Shell as highly problematic and contradictory.

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