About the project

Image slide of a large tree with roots and branchesRoots and Branches is a collaboration between The Carbon Literacy Project, Museum Development England and Manchester Museum, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It aims to train and certify 1,500 people from 300 museums as Carbon Literate over the next two years and give an opportunity for museums to discuss, experiment, and test new ideas for a more sustainable future. 

Our involvement with this project is a continuation of our work to support museums to reduce their carbon footprint, having invested over £100,000 since 2012 in the region to support museums to do this. We believe that museum and heritage organisations are uniquely placed to raise awareness of climate change through their collections and spaces. They are part of the collective global effort in combatting climate change. 

What does this mean for south west museums?

In November we will be launching the new Museums’ Carbon Literacy Toolkit and inviting museums to express their interest in our Carbon Literacy programme. Programme participants will be supported by a new national Museum Carbon Literacy Officer and the South West Museum Development team to work through the toolkit and reduce their carbon footprint. Grants will be available to support museums with their plans. 

How can my museum get involved?

Sign-up to our online ‘Environmental sustainability and museums’ event on the 1st November 2021 to learn more about the Carbon Literacy programme and the other ways your museum can raise awareness of, and play a role in responding to, the climate emergency.

Your museum can also join in the national social media #MuseumCarbonStories campaign to raise awareness and celebrate the work they have been doing to support a greener world for all, using any existing social media platform. Share your museum’s projects or stories – big or small – on how you are responding to the climate emergency. On Twitter, each week Museum Development teams from across England will announce #MuseumCarbonStories themes and will be sharing their own stories, to provide inspiration. The campaign started on 9th August and will run until 12st November 2021, the last day of COP26.  

Get in touch

If you have questions about the project please get in touch via our contact page.