Climate Museum UK is happy to be a recipient of the first Activist Museum Award, enabling us to explore a distributed commons-based collection about climate. This collection could include documents, multimedia, museum artefacts, contemporary artworks, photos of places or events, heritage sites and more. The vision is that Climate Museum UK is distributed across the country, findable in 100s of organisations to meet public interests in this vital issue, and that there is a single digital space where 'donated' objects on a climate theme can be explored and interpreted.

This survey is to invite views of UK-based museums, archives and heritage organisations on what would meet your needs and what is possible.

As an incentive for completion, there is a prize draw to receive up to 3 hours of free consultation or (if feasible) a workshop for public audiences from our team. The survey will close on May 20th. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Find out more about this project here.

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* 1. What kind of organisation(s) or heritage practice do you mainly work in?

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* 2. What is the name of the organisation you mostly work in, if any? 

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* 3. What comes closest to describing this organisation in terms of its status?

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* 4. If you have anything to add about your work, for example if you don't work in a single institution or easily definable practice, use this space. 

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* 5. We would like to invite 'donations' to a shared collection, whereby donors keep the donated asset while contributing and inviting interpretations with a climate and environmental lens. This might mean placing a digital label by the object, and allowing images and information to be shared online elsewhere. Based on this description, would you be interested on principle to take part? Please speak from your personal motivation, rather than the organisation's ability to agree to participate. 


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* 6. And, based on this description, to what extent do you think your organisation would be willing and able to participate?

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* 7. Donating could mean that your audiences are invited to add interpretations of their object/site. These might be provocative or might differ from 'official versions'. How much would that affect your organisation's willingness to participate?

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* 8. If there are four steps to possible participation, how far do you think your organisation could go? Tick only one that represents whether you would stop at step 1, 2, 3 or extend to step 4.

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* 9. It could be that at first your collections (or stories or sites) do not seem relevant to climate and environmental themes. Here are some dimensions that we think can be helpful ways in to these themes. Tick any that you think are relevant to your assets.

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* 10. Of these topics, which one or two do you think would be most inspiring for a theme that we could focus on (e.g. with articles, debates, or providing resources)

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* 11. If there is one thing (artefact, archive, site etc.) that you might interpret through a lens of climate and environment, what would you choose? Please briefly describe it and perhaps share a link about it. This doesn’t have to be the thing you would 'donate' if asked.


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* 12. Part of this project is to identify the best digital tools for a shared commons collection. If you have any knowledge of tools for digital labels, sharing content, and enabling visitor interaction, we would love to know what you think would work. If you can share examples of similar effective projects, we would be grateful. (You can contact us on climatemuseumuk@gmail.com if you would like to arrange a chat.)

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* 13. Use this space for any other comments on this project. Can you foresee any challenges? Do you have any suggestions for us?

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* 14. If you would like to be entered for the prize draw to receive 3 hours of our time, please share your email address and a contact name.

Many thanks for your time, and also with gratitude to the University of Leicester and Robert Janes for the Activist Museum award that is making this enquiry possible. 
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