Like most organisations, museums often find that they are holding onto items and equipment that they no longer need. If you are in the process of cleaning out your storerooms or updating your displays, spare a thought for your museum colleagues and consider offering your unwanted items via Museum Freecycle.
Museum Freecycle UK has been created for the UK museum industry to use to exchange exhibition build items and other museum-specific materials for free in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the industry. There are currently over 350 members and counting
On the Museum Freecycle forum you can also find items that might benefit your museum, saving you money and helping to reduce environmental waste at the same time. Museum Freecycle regularly updates what is available on offer and display cases, cabinets, office chairs and shelving are available at no cost.
Museum Freecycle benefits its members by:
- Making disposal and recycling easier
- Providing a free source of ‘new’ equipment for museums – “I have never had any funds to use for buying anything. Like all little museums we have to go on the cadge for funds to acquire anything.”
- Providing evidence of museums’ commitment to sustainability – e.g. The Garden Museum’s Sustainability Policy
Benefits the sector by:
- Unlocking idle assets (£225k-£250k) and increases efficiency within the sector
- Being operationally efficient:
- using existing infrastructure from Freecycle
- devolving responsibility to members
Museum Freecycle UK has been created for the UK museum industry to use to exchange exhibition build items and other museum-specific materials for free in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the industry.
Museum Freecycle UK was set up by architects and exhibition designers Urban Salon and The Freecycle Network, and is supported by SHARE Museums East and Collections Trust. It is the world’s first industry freecycle group and the world’s first national freecycle group.
Find out more and sign up HERE