#sharedknowledge21 Caring for your collection without costing the earth: Mortice Consulting

Welcome to this training session on caringfor your collecting without cost the earth, achieving UN sustainable development goalswith your accumulation. Were delighted to be speaking at this conference. Hi Im Ben Melhamwith Mortice Consulting, and we are gonna be taking you through – in the next 20 minutes – apresentation about the UN sustainable development goals, for those of you who dont know what theyare, and then talk about how they can be applied both in a museum defining, but more particularly inrelation to collection charge. So, as we go through this session today, well be talking through someof the key topics, weve selected some of the themes that we think we can cover off in thissession, and likewise later on in this conference there will be a workshop that you can attend onthe same theme where well gonna go into some of these in a lot more detail.But you should get areally healthy outline from this session today. So, as Ive mentioned previously, I work in thecultural sphere UK with museums and halls across the United Kingdom looking at how theyoperate, maintain, develop their constructs, and increasingly sustainability is the one common factor that seems to be appearing in everyconversation. So, as we work through today, Im sure theres gonna be countless common themesthat youre fully aware of, and then some that you may not be. So hopefully we can reallywork through those together in this session. So, there are some key themes – there are a lotof themes that we could be talking about – but the ones that I wanna be talking about today is: I feel, and I think youll probably concur, that cultural heritage has an unique opportunityto lead vary were gonna be looking at that one there.Acknowledging that there is a lotof good work going on once, and museums are already corroborating some of the sustainabledevelopment goals, but there is more we can do. And this is hopefully, kicks off in thisconversation of today, along with this session and some of the other really great sessionsthat happen as part of this conference as well. That, were in the middle of a pandemic, thefact that were here practically delivering this conference is one of the productions of that, but the sustainability needs to be integral to our improvement. Weve got a lot of work to do as asector to recover, to grow, and if we can build that recovery based on sustainable principles, were gonna be achieving more than one resolve to getting specific sectors back on its hoofs and gettinga better, greener area going forward as well. And we need to acknowledge that climate changeis already having an impact on your collections, on your institutions, so we need to acknowledgethat and so were not just impacting something that got nothing to do with us, were partof a system where well bring together the response to the impacts and about how wecan help to mitigate those influences long-term. And lastly, and why I think this conference is agreat opportunity to do this, as with many other gatherings that I try to get involved in wherever Ican, collaboration is key for meaningful alteration and if were actually gonna deliver meaningfulchange, its gonna be because we work together, we think together, we share ideas, andthats how we deliver best practice.So, first of all, why are we talking aboutsustainability at all, why not something else, well, if you can put your judgments back pre-Covidto the beginning of 2020, climate change impacts and the environment and the ecological disaster and theclimate disaster were actually top of the orders of the day, I dont know if you remember the wildfires thatwere taking place in Australia at the time, the Culture Declares initiative, the extinctionrebellion declarations happening across the UK, the school climate strikes, it was the top hottopic and 2020 was going to be the large-hearted year of us taken any steps. Unfortunately, this thing called Covid came along which kindof stalled that slightly and Id say stalled, because I think its stillremaining there in the background, and as a result weve been dealing with theimpacts of Covid, weve been responding to those and maybe weve articulate our blinkers back onand stopped thinking about the bigger problem.But now, although were mid-pandemic atthe station of this presentation being originated, we are looking forward optimisticallyto a future where we are going to be coming out of this, and we need to thinkabout recovering a area thats been damaged by some of a long time endings in itshistory, that will be dealing with the economic impacts. And I think theres realopportunity here of achieving sustainable, environmental sustainable recuperation, achievingbroader UN sustainable development goals , not just around environmental sustainability, can gohand in hand with economic sustainability. And we need to be thinking about that, so, aswe come out of this, youre gonna examine a lot of organisations and a lot of politicians talkingabout house back greener, build back better, and I honestly believe that we can do that, I think if theres if the working group gonna be change in transition we should be thinking about howwe can build back in a more sustainable way.So, what has this actually got to do withCollection Care? Told me about world questions around climate change and ecological emergency, so what does your collecting and the stories of your collecting have to do with this? Well, quitea lot, because the solutions to resolving any of these big picture controversies are gonna come by localaction. And your collect has implications, whether you realise it or not. And Im suremany of you are fully aware that it does. Collections necessary resources to maintain them, you need to maintain the environmental conditions, they need to be in structures, they take humanresources, they make financial resources.Those reserves come at a price and we want to makeefficient use of those resources and make sure that were not expend more than we have to to dothe important job of helping for our collectings. Theyre gonna be in these structures andthese buildings has an influence themselves, and we really need to think about that builtenvironment portion as well. We need to acknowledge that the collections themselves are being impactedby climate change impacts. If – principally talking to a UK audience now – but were experiencing frequentweather events that are getting more extreme in one direction or another, were going hotterSummers, were get wetter, more intense periods of the Winter, and this is impacting ourcollection, so were having to think about this, and again, exerting more resources in terms ofresponsing and responding to these issues.But also, I think we need to look more broadlyand were talking about the UN sustainable development goals today, so this is notjust about environmental sustainability. That accumulations can be a reallyimportant source of information, “we ii” protectors of information that can equallyplay a part in responding to climate change and helping us to understand some of theseimpacts that were dealing with at the moment. And too that keeping and sharing culturalheritage has shown to be a significant contributor towards achieving some of the UNsustainable development goals. So, its got a really strong part to play in this, so, we need to protect it, we need to access it, we need to make it accessible, and these are thethings that were gonna be talking about today. So, what are the UN sustainable developmentgoals? Well, theres 17 of them. They extend 1 through 17, theres a lotof information available out there , no poverty, zero hunger, good health andwell-being, quality education, gender equality, clean-living ocean and sanitation, affordable andclean vitality, decent working conditions and fiscal raise, manufacture invention infrastructure, reducedinequalities, sustainable municipals and communities, responsible patterns of consumption and production, climateaction, man below water, life on district, agreement, justice and strong universities, and partnershipsto achieve those goals.So, this is very aspirational, these are covering a broad rangeof topics, and I think its really interesting that we talk about the context of sustainabilityeven the words, so, for a lot of beings when we talk about sustainability they immediatelythink about environmental and ecological sustainability, but were talking muchbroader here in terms of the dreams. And museums by nature are alreadylooking to achieve a lot of these, but theres more of the drudgery that can be done.So, theres some really good resources available, theres a great video from the UN, and weregonna positioned the link up on the screen now, and if you wanted to pause this presentation and goaway and watch this, its a great introduction to the United Nations sustainable developmentgoals and why we need to act upon these now.So, you could go and look at that now, or youcan carry on watching this presentation. So, we are only guided through the UN sustainabledevelopment goals. I could go into each of them in quite a bit of detail, but weve only got a veryshort session today. But first of all, I suppose really important to think about is, well, so, weve got all these sustainable development goals, huge, and Im sure most of you would look throughthat inventory and vanish click click click, these are things I need to be thinking about, all well and good. But howdo we actually go and apply these in a museum naming? Is it possible? Is it something that weshould be thinking about, and why is it important? So, first of all, I think we need to acknowledgethat there are obstacles and railings within cultural heritage to allowing institutionsand organisations and individuals to actually fulfilling these sustainable development goals.I make the big one that were all feeling at the moment is probably lack of resources – time, coin, people, expertise – so, when youve got differing and conflicting requirements in yourtime how are you able make time for these? I guess, Ive got a view that actually I think you needto make time for these, I mull these need to be central and actually theyll prove theirworth if you look to integrate them.And more broadly about museums there are misconceptionsout there that museums are strictly there about as determination is to protect the the past and protectour history rather than encouraging mulled, discussion, talk, and action on futureevents. So, this is a point weve uttered earlier about whether museums can actually – throughtheir activity – not only have a direct repercussion from the actions that theyre taking, but equallyspread those sentiments, construct those discussions, and have a much bigger impact than theycould just solely have on their own. Theres a lack of legislation support, theres some immense assets out there which well hopefully going to talk about, butit is limited. Theres some huge communications, but were looking for real kind of practicaladvice about what institutions could do. The part of opinion Id be giving youthat comes right the course through here is the network which gatherings like this can do, and they are marvelous opportunities.Speak toyour peers, find out what everybody else is doing, share best practice, and thats how were gonnabuild real meaningful and lasting solutions. So the number of you are also, youre dealingwith historic buildings. They may be part of the collection itself, or they are housing yourcollection. And theres a lot of resistance and saying, well, we cant do a great deal, weve got ahistoric building.Theres a incredible quantity of cultivate that has been done recently aboutthe run that can be done. And actually, the most sustainable building is the one thatsalready there anyway, so, by its nature. Knocking down a historic building and thenbuilding a brand new building that may be more energy efficient in in the overallscheme of things may be far more impactful than making alterations to that existing historicbuilding. So, there are still some huge advice out there, I know Historic England and HistoricEnvironments Scotland particularly have put up some really useful advice and thats availableonline, and read truly, read really readily. So, it can seem quite devastating, so, this isone of the portions where theres so much to be done when you look at all those sustainable developmentgoals you think, well, what can I actually do? My view is, doing something is betterthan doing nothing.So, its also kind of being species to yourselves and saying, well, inspect, we cant fix every single problem now, but if I make a contribution and if everybodyelse does that thats how were going to move forward and make progress. So, dont feel guiltyif youre not doing everything you could be doing. Do what you can and then hopefully we can build up, and that momentum will construct byitself.So, were gonna make change happen by taken together, by collaboratingand sharing those opinions between us. And why is it that cultural heritage particularlyhas a unique opportunity to lead change? All relevant sectors has to think about this, but why thissector specially? Well, if you think about it, the museums are there to preserve our culturalnatural patrimony this is this this is embedded in the sustainable development goals, we need to beprotecting those, that is something that we should be doing for now and for future generations.They can make an impact through their resources and their operations, these are institutionsthat are open to the public, that is available, that are seen as chairwomen in many fields ofthoughts, why cant this be one of them. They interact with a wide, a whole assortment ofindividuals and organisations across society, they have a unique opportunity to kind of, to reachinto radicals other institutions might not be able to get into.And by doing that they can reallyspread the send and construct the conversation around sustainability, well. Theyre relied, these organisations particularly in a time of fake news and a lot of scepticism about anyinformation thats are issued, museums remain organisations that are trusted in termsof the information and the highway they engage with the public. So, I thinktheres opportunity to build there. Theyre constructed as spaces for speeches and toencourage participation.And this is why bringing those people in together, theyre fantastic forumsfor having these really difficult communications that we need to be having in the next fewyears. And that theyre used to facilitating interdisciplinary cooperation, theyre usedto going different parties together with different attitudes and different ideas towork together. And they always feel like the perfect plazas for this conversation aroundsustainability and delivering it to be had. And as I said previously, acknowledging that theresa lot of work already being done around the sustainable development goals, institutes aredoing a lot of work around diversification, inclusion, education, environmental action, and theyreundertaking a lot of work already.So, I review a big part of what we need to do is acknowledgewhat were doing and share that information. So, were not starting from today and were not sayingweve done nothing up until this station and we need to start doing everything. You need to acknowledgewhat youve done, learn from it, and thats where we can build through, and I reflect museumshave done a awesome extent of job previously. A mint of the sustainable developmentgoals actually directly note culture and heritage as being somethingthat theyre looking to preserve, and I think its reallyimportant to recognise those. So. We are, as I mentioned already, in the midstof a pandemic that they are able to hopefully be moving into more of a convalescence stage soon, and how cansustainability and those, transmission of those sustainable development goals be part of thatrecovery? Well, effectively, although women might feel at the moment for a number of organisationsthe economic impacts are some of the biggest ones, we still need to be thinking about the social andenvironmental responsibilities as well, so all three of those that ultimately you need to ensurethe sustainability of your organisation, and in its simplest possible form.As an organisationyou use riches whether that might be energy, whether that might be human, whether that might beintellectual property, thats all coming together within your organisation. And thats resourceoften cost money, more often than not cost money, so, if you can apply sustainability principles tomake sure youre being efficient in the resources youre employ , not just in those that have adirect impact on the environment, but those that has an influence everywhere, that increasedefficiency will often link through to economic efficiency. So, for example, if you strippedit right back and we said we want to release fewer carbon emissions as an organization, well, that primarily involves squandering less practicalities. So, by apply less practicalities you will be secreting lesscarbon, but youll too be saving coin, because youll be devoting less fund on utilities. So, Im over-simplifying what is quite a complex issue there, but the fundamentally, the principlesare there, and if applied over a reasonable time scale you can save moneyand do the right thing at the same time which feels like itsgonna be a win-win for everyone.So, I mentioned already, climate change isimpacting your collecting. Theres very good data available from the converge agency. In the Winter werehaving more instances of frequent, heavy rains, your ditch systems may be struggling to cope, the ones that have worked for hundreds of years particularly on historic houses are nowno longer coping with increased instances of flooding and severe flooding, and in the Summer ofraised temperatures. All of these your collecting charge needs to respond to and you need to bethinking about how those “re coming”, so, that needs to be part of your planning now, and Ithink there needs to be an acknowledgement in specific sectors that climate change is having an impacton collection care, and that has to be a driver in terms of how we respond to the bigger issuesat a global level, because they are having neighbourhood impacts.Theres a really good video fromHistoric Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, and “re just gonna” employed the link up on the screen now.Again, if you wanted to pause and have a look, its a short video about two minutes long, thatsets out how climate is beginning to impact on Scottish heritage in this instance, but Ithink its applicable in a much wider context. So, the final point Im gonnamake in todays discussion, and its probably the largest, is collaborationis the key for meaningful modify. This powwow, a marvelous opportunity to share ideas, Idbe encouraging you to do that off the back of this one.Take the opportunities up tohave discourses, to share best practice. People are publishing information onlineall the time, it can feel overwhelming, the best thing to do is come together withnetworks, with your peers, to discuss those doctrines, to share best practice, and ask questions. Ithink fundamentally people want to share the information, people want to do the right thing.So, help lore sharing where you can, look for case studies, and equally if youre doinga really interesting project talk about it and it could be as simple as posting on social media, it could be about putting a blog onto your museum website, but do talk about the work youre doing, because thats how we build the conversation.You have, theres positions of responsibility on “youre going to” sharethat. That as an organization, federal institutions, you may have access to bigger publics, so thinkabout sharing some of those opinions, lock them, and what increasingly were investigating fromorganisations across various sectors is an increased honesty, and I think its fineto say we dont have all the answers, but the first point to say, as in anysituation, is, accept where the question is, territory wherever you, and “youve never” know, who are able to some of those stakeholders whether those be building customers, museumvisitors, may have really meaningful inputs into you compiling that convert happenas well.So, dont be afraid to talk. We need to bring together expertise and researchthat more part to be necessary and this is being gathered through wherever we can, and ultimatelythat network is gonna be important, whether thats an international, their own nationals, a regional or even aninstitutional level – have those dialogues, make time to talk about sustainability, and thats where well get through. So, I hope this has been interesting. Wevetried to cover off a really big topic. As I said, theres gonna be a workshop on the 29 th withplaces bookable, and you can find myself, Ben Melham, on social media feeds on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and evenly Mortice Consulting, is currently in all of those scaffolds aswell. So, go and find us, were often publishing content, and satisfy make contact with me, eMailme, direct letter me, Im happy to try and answer questions where I can, and get involved inany conversations.So, thank you so much for coming ..

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