Make Carbon History


The Make Carbon History initiative was launched in January 2013 as part of the wider Green Museums programme to create a sustainable future for the region’s museums and to ensure that they can continue to have a positive impact on their surrounding communities.

The project initially involved 8 museums and a further 7 museums came on board in year 2 (2014-15). The museums participated in a structured programme of support delivered with expert advice from WRM Ltd. It concluded in March 2015 with a dissemination event to share the findings, knowledge and experience gained by participating museums, within the project group and with wider the cultural heritage sector in the North East. Further information about the methodology and delivery of the project can be found in the attached documents.

The project aligned to national level targets on carbon emissions and the overall target was to collectively achieve a 12% reduction in carbon emissions by April 2015. This target was exceeded by the 15 participating museums. As a group, they made a carbon saving of 234.4 tonnes, equivalent to an 18% reduction. Operating costs were also reduced by over £56,000.

The Make Carbon History campaign was unique in the way it created a network of museums, united in their efforts to become more sustainable organisations. The project was recognised for its efforts at The Green Apple Awards in September 2014, receiving a Bronze Award in the Carbon Reduction category.