New “green museum” experience to explore the climate and biodiversity crisis in Alyth
Scotland’s Culture Perth and Kinross charity, which oversees the development of libraries, museums and archives across the region, has secured funding to develop a new ‘green museum’ experience within the Alyth Museum.
The experience will also serve as an orientation base for the existing Cateran Ecomuseum in Alyth, a 1,000 km² ‘open-air museum’ located on the 500 million year old Highland border fault in the country’s landscapes. Cateran.
Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) £ 60,000 Museum Development Fund will be used to add interactive information on how to explore the area, its archeology and biodiversity.
It will highlight local ecological issues and how they are being addressed. The aim is to deepen visitors’ understanding of the climate crisis and biodiversity at the local level, and to encourage participation in change through social activism.
To achieve this, the exhibits will be developed with sustainability in mind, using content created by the curators of Culture Perth and Kinross in partnership with the Cateran Ecomuseum.
Clare Cooper, co-founder and co-director of the Cateran Ecomuseum, said the new museums will provide a service to both local people and visitors interested in discovering the 1,000 square kilometers of natural and cultural heritage promoted by its “Museum without Walls”.
“It will also be a transformative project for the Alyth Museum, increasing its visibility and enabling it to promote the key role of heritage in the climate and biodiversity crises we face,” said Cooper.
Russell Willis Taylor, secretary of Alyth Development Trust, added that “having a ‘portal’ to the work of this ‘museum without walls’ was important for both museums and those in the region.
“The Alyth Development Trust is delighted to support the Ecomuseum and to see the revitalization of the Alyth Museum in Our Town Square as part of the post-Covid reconstruction and recovery,” he said.