Museums are custodians of our heritage. They help us to understand our past, interpret our present and envisage the ambition of humanity’s next steps.

Museums help create and weave together the narrative threads of our culture through history, science, industrialisation and the arts. They help us find our place in the world in relation to others and the environment.

In the context of a changing climate and rapid environmental degradation, what is the duty of care of museums as custodians and what is their role in protecting the natural heritage and nurturing sustainable futures?

This one-day event will explore the opportunities and challenges of climate change action for museums, including collections management, building and site management, exhibitions, and learning and outreach. It will include inspiring panels, leading practitioners, in-depth case studies, and working groups.

It will build on the Museums Framework soon to be published by Julie’s Bicycle and Arts Council England later this year, which will help museums identify their existing level of practice and inform their thinking and action moving forward.

Who should attend?

This event is relevant to all museum staff, whether from operations, learning and outreach, volunteers or trustees. Anyone who wants a better overview of environmental sustainability practice in museums, to learn from others and to shape their own approach.

More details will follow soon.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


M Shed has a level entrance at the front and back of the building. The event takes place on the first floor, which has a wheelchair accessible lift and accessible toilets (available on all floors). For further information, please see M Shed's website for details

Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any specific access requirements to participate fully in this event and we will be happy to accommodate these as far as possible. Please email directly with any queries.


M Shed is located around a 20 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station. For instructions on how to reach M Shed by public transport, please visit their website. Bicycle racks are available on Museum Street, outside the south and back entrances of the building.

Stewards of our Future is presented in partnership with Arts Council England, the South West Museum Development Programme and Good Energy.