Swindon is set to host an innovative pop-up museum that encourages people to think about climate change.
In its first visit outside London, the Climate Museum will be open to the public at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC), Lydiard Fields, Swindon on Saturday 16th March.
The visit is part of the first annual conference of Citizens Climate Lobby UK (CCL UK), the British branch of a global organisation that seeks to change national legislation to address climate change.
The museum is the brainchild of Bridget McKenzie, former education officer at the Tate Gallery and Head of Learning at the British Library.
It aims to help adults and children to explore the issues surrounding climate change through games, activities, creative materials and curious objects.
Bridget McKenzie said, “The Climate Museum UK is about creatively stimulating a response to the climate emergency to encourage people to talk about climate change, to learn about all the systems and connections around it, and to imagine possible ways of pushing through it.”
“Each installation is completely different in response to the space and interests of the partner organisation, so the pop-up in Swindon will be a unique experience.”
CCL UK Conference Co-ordinator, Louisa Davison, added, “The phrases ‘climate change’ and ‘fun’ are rarely found together, but the Climate Museum encourages ordinary people to address climate change in a creative way.
“When I attended the inaugural event in London, I knew we needed the Climate Museum at our conference – and we’re delighted they agreed to attend.
“CCL UK is all about engaging with politicians, so we’ll be exploring some creative ways of contacting MPs through colourful home-made postcards with carefully considered messages.”
The Climate Museum will be available to visit in public space at the NSBRC near the CCL UK conference. A conference ticket is not necessary, but donations towards costs are welcomed.
The conference, which runs from 10am until 5pm, costs £25 to attend. Delegates will hear from keynote speakers including James Close, Director of Climate Change at The World Bank and Cathy Orlando, International Outreach Manager for Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada.
Tickets are available via the CCL UK website.