Issue 111/06, p5, 01.06.2011
Museums' green accolade - Silk Mill closure slammed - 'Museums aid wellbeing' - Pumphouse to shut
Museums’ green accolade
Twelve museums have won Green Tourism Business Scheme awards for their commitment to environmental sustainability. Supported by Renaissance London, the museums spent months improving their energy efficiency, biodiversity and waste management, as well as staging exhibitions on environmental lessons from the past. The Whitehall Museum and Florence Nightingale Museum were among the winners.
Silk Mill closure slammed
Trade union leaders in Derby have spoken out against the closure of the city’s Silk Mill Museum, at their annual rally. The Conservative-led city council is to mothball the museum for up to two years in a bid to save £400,000, which will be reinvested in other museums.
‘Museums aid wellbeing’
Health professionals should make use of the “remarkable resources” of museums and galleries to improve wellbeing among disadvantaged groups, according to Who Cares?, a new booklet published by Renaissance North West. The report outlines the impact of six museum projects on mental health, physical disability and social exclusion.
Pumphouse to shut
The Pumphouse Educational Museum in Rotherhithe, London, is to close in August after Southwark Council cut its core funding for 2011-12. The museum is unable to apply for further grants without the funding. The Young Archaeologists’ Club, which operates from the facility, will move to the Creekside Centre in Deptford.