Putting pollution in the museum

Putting pollution in the museum. The work of museums on environmental issues in Denmark and neighbouring countries. 

 

Abstract

Public understanding of environmental issues is critical for the active positions we need to take as individuals and societies for transforming unsustainable to green economic activities. Museums have the potential to contribute significantly to this by communicating scientific knowledge on environmental issues. The study examines the scale and character of environmental exhibitions and collections in Denmark and surrounding countries. The study finds that the scale far from exhausts the potential. Exhibitions predominantly focus on natural science dimensions with limited coverage of the social science aspects of environmental problems and their solutions. Interdisciplinary museum activities including social science aspects on institutions and values are recommended. Moreover, it is argued that the emotions and the scientific and political controversies involved in environmental issues should not be seen as obstacles to museum engagement in the environmental field, but rather as important ingredients in creating valuable museum experiences.

Putting pollution in the museum. The work of museums on environmental issues in Denmark and neighbouring countries. The Journal Nordic Museology, 2014-2.

 

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Ustillingens lyse afdeling fokuserer på at formidle viden om plastiks egenskaber og anvendelsesmåder, og forsøger også illustrere handlemuligheder. Den lyse afdelings videnskabelige formidling står i stærk kontrast til den mørke afdelings mere kunstneriske og følelsesmæssige formidling. Foto: Lerke Johansen, 2014

Ustillingens lyse afdeling fokuserer på at formidle viden om plastiks egenskaber og anvendelsesmåder, og forsøger også illustrere handlemuligheder. Den lyse afdelings videnskabelige formidling står i stærk kontrast til den mørke afdelings mere kunstneriske og følelsesmæssige formidling. Foto: Lerke Johansen, 2014

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