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The museum is made up of an extraordinary team of people.

Staff and volunteers

  • All staff and volunteers are supported to build understanding and awareness and take positive, informed action and decisions. We provide certified Carbon Literacy Training (delivered peer-to-peer by a pool of museum staff trainers) and by Spring 2023, we aim to have over 80% of all staff and volunteers certified.
  • The internal Environmental Action and Social Justice groups are open forums for all staff to contribute to discussion, knowledge exchange, action and mutual support. The groups comment on and shape the direction of Manchester Museum’s strategy
  • In 2023 we will pilot a Climate Action Volunteering programme which will enable staff to use an allocation of their working hours to contribute to the local causes which we care about.
  • We have appointed the dedicated post of Environmental Action Manager, Hannah Hartley, to coordinate this work, whose role supports the wider University of Manchester Environmental Sustainability Team.

Active Leadership


  • We promote collaborative working, shared goals and understanding across other institutions in the Manchester Museums Partnership ( a formal collaborative partnership betweenManchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth).
  • We are forging relationships with education groups, charities, artists, social enterprises, staff and students in our Top Floor environmental action and social justice hub, a co-working space for people to come together to learn, share ideas, build community, and make plans.

Local, global, indigenous, and intergenerational communities

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