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Earth Day and how the museum helps the planet

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By Calum Boyde
Youth Council Member


Earth Day happens annually on April 22 and raises awareness of environmental issues and concerns while driving positive change in the world. Earth Day is themed this year as Planet Vs Plastic, to promote a reduction of all plastic by 60% by 2040. Here at the museum, we are doing our part in saving the planet. 

We currently have a temporary exhibition running in the museum called Energy for change. It’s all about how the museum can change to be more environmentally friendly. We have worked with the community on various events to do with this project. 

At the museum, we invited Lorraine Johnston, a community champion, who was joined by her beekeepers team and young volunteers and delivered events on wax painting, honey wax candle-making and providing information stands and local honey tasting sessions. 

Fish in danger of extinction was a creative writing and upcycle workshop from Gail McGregor. This event took children imagination to the bottom of the ocean to find extinct fish fossils. The children was tasked to write a story of a fish and through recycled plastic bottles produced art on how the fish may have looked like. The art from this event is currently part of our temporary exhibition. 


Our exhibition panels were printed utilising biodegradable materials, while non-biodegradable materials, like the Lego Planet seen in the exhibition, can be reused in future projects. The museum switches off lights and most electronic devices after closing to reduce energy consumption. Solar panels have recently been installed to further reduce energy consumption. 

Recycling program has been set up using recycling bins for cardboard, paper, plastic, metal cans and glass as well as reusing of cardboard, plastic and glass in crafts and exhibitions. To reduce the museum carbon footprint further, the museum has partnered with local businesses to supply most of the cafes food. The museum also has a garden that supplies the cafe with fruits, vegetables and herbs for us. The cafe now offers vegetarian options on the menu. 

These activities are part of our Energy for Change project, funded by Museums and Galleries Scotland. We are currently working on climate change policies to continue improving our environment.  


A colourful display of recycled materials.

Climate Change Project Exhibition

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The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s climate change project has been involving the local community in a variety of workshops and activities to raise awareness of climate change; highlighting the actions that we can take to reduce our impact on the environment. This includes working with local schools, a bee celebration day and upcycling activities held at The Devil’s Porridge Museum last year. You can learn more about what has been happening as part our climate change project in the exhibition itself.

We are proud to have worked with Riley, The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Young Curator on this exhibition. Riley designed his own panel for the exhibition. He also helped us to install the exhibition. Below is a photo of him and the panel he designed.

Riley, The Devil's Porridge Museum's curator stood next to the exhibition panel he designed.

A piece of artwork created as an outcome of an upcycling workshop with young people and artist, Gail McGregor is also on display.

You can help us to build a better world by sharing what you do to tackle climate change as part of your visit. From recycling to making sure that you turn off the light when you leave a room, even the smallest of actions can help to make a difference.

Although the exhibition itself may be temporary, we hope that the changes that have been applied with Museum Galleries Scotland generous support will have a lasting permeant impact; helping to make The Devil’s Porridge Museum more sustainable. The Devil’s Porridge Museum has had solar panels installed as part of this project and is proud to recycle were possible. The display panels used in this exhibition are recyclable.

To celebrate Earth Day, The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Volunteer and Youth Council member Calum wrote a blog post about how The Devil’s Porridge Museum is trying to help save the planet. Please click here to read this blog post>

A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in the activities run as part of our climate change project.

Below are some photos of our climate change project exhibition being installed.

This exhibition was created as part of our Climate Change Project. A huge thank you to Museum Galleries Scotland for their generous support of this project.

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