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Storytelling for the Planet: a place-based approach for museum audiences

How can museums use stories and storytelling to communicate the planetary emergency to our audiences, especially young people?

Event information

Date: 26 March (10:00 – 16:45) & 27 March (10:00 – 13:00)

Price: Free

Organiser: National Museums Scotland

Venue: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Inspired by Scotland’s storytelling traditions and following on from Scotland’s Year of Stories, we invite you to share best practices, experiences and learning through case studies, workshops and talks. Storytelling is a unique tool to enhance understanding, translate abstract or complex concepts and to navigate entangled social and environmental histories – it therefore plays a crucial role in communicating the planetary emergency to our audience.

Our Broken Planet: Community of Practice supports practitioners to come together, share learning and network around how museums can respond to the planetary emergency through exhibitions and programming, with a focus on engaging and empowering young people This event is an opportunity for the Community of Practice to come together in Scotland, in an informal setting, to discuss how museums can use folklore and storytelling to meaningfully communicate about the planetary emergency and the Anthropocene.

This 1.5 day event will equip participants with the tools to apply environmental storytelling to a diversity of museum contexts, motivate youth audiences and to connect with nature through oral traditions and place-based heritage.

This Our Broken Planet Community Gathering is delivered by Natural History Museum in partnership with National Museums Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland.

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