Issue 6, 2016: Sustainable Collections

2016; 24 pages

Until now, Museums and Sustainability has looked at different facets of sustainability – economic, environmental, social, and cultural – and how they relate to museums. We’ve developed a better understanding of what sustainability means, both for museums and for the communities they’re a part of. However, we haven’t had the chance to explore how sustainability impacts specific domains of museum practice, such as collections, education, or research. That’s why, for the next few issues, we’re taking a different approach, looking at how different aspects of museum operations relate to sustainability. We’re starting with collections. Collections have long been at the centre of museums. It’s hard to imagine a community history museum without artifacts, a natural history museum without specimens, or a gallery without art works. If our goal is museums that embody and promote sustainability, we need to understand how collections fit into that picture.