The Polar Museum in Cambridge is one of four museums taking part in Climate Hack

Cambridge museums to run Climate Hack

Rebecca Atkinson, 26.10.2017
Three-day event to explore new ways to communicate climate change
Four museums in Cambridge will hold a three-day "makeathon", inviting groups of people to explore new ways to communicate and encourage engagement with climate change.

Climate Hack 2018 will run across four University of Cambridge museums – the Polar Museum, the Museum of Zoology, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Whipple Museum of the History of Science – from 19-21 January. Organised in partnership with community workshop Cambridge Makespace, the aim of the project is to make objects and research about climate change more relevant to people through public engagement.

Staff from each museum will share areas of their collection that they think could be ripe for re-interpretation. Multi-disciplinary teams will then spend the three-day event creating a prototype museum installation or experience using the museums’ collections.  

At the end of the weekend, the prototypes will be revealed for the public to play with, and one or more may be developed further by the museums.

The museums have put out an open call for people to take part in the event. The deadline for submissions is 26 November, with the successful participants announced on 4 December.

Teams will then be put together by the Climate Hack organisers to ensure that they each have the right combination of skills.

“We hope to open up new ways of communication and engagement about climate change in a museum environment,” said Ina Pruegel, a digital engagement specialist at University Cambridge Museums.

“And we are very excited to explore new and creative ways to engage with audiences, but as well to build new relationships and networks between hackers, makers, storytellers, collections devotees, climate scientists, communicators and designers.”