The Manchester Museum has appointed Hannah Hartley as Environmental Action Manager, a new role for the museum.
Hartley’s role is expected to bring environmental action to all areas of the museum and will involve leading the museum’s sustainable practices and “developing stories and programs in response to the climate and ecological crisis.”
The Environmental Action Officer role will also involve setting up and overseeing a new Collaborative Work Center for Cultural Environmental Action, convening visitors, museum staff, educators, environmentalists, artists , activist-led groups, researchers, third sector organizations and students for conversations around environmental action and social justice.
Prior to joining the museum, Hartley served as a senior project manager at festivals and event organizer XTRAX, managing a range of outdoor arts projects and leading environmental responsibility initiatives for the consortium of the national festival Without Walls.
Alongside her work for the Manchester Museum, Hannah is an intern assessor for the A Greener Festival Awards programme; member of the steering group of the GMAST network which brings together more than 50 cultural and creative organizations in Greater Manchester to tackle the climate crisis (including the Manchester Museum); and a board member of Justice in Motion, a physical theater company and charity passionate about inspiring social justice.
This role is partly funded by the Roots & Branches project, a unique collaboration between The Carbon Literacy Project, Museum Development North West and Manchester Museum, and supported by public funding from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England.
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The museum is currently closed as part of a major renovation and is expected to reopen to the public in February 2023.
Manchester Museum director Esme Ward said the newly created position reinforces “commitment to building a more sustainable world and increases our ability to support ecological thinking and action”.
“It’s fantastic to welcome Hannah to the team and we can’t wait to see where her expertise and insights take us.”
Hartley added: “Building a more sustainable world must be a collective effort and I look forward to working creatively and collaboratively with others to advance this important work to address the climate emergency.”