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Change the world at museum exhibition

Posted onPosted on 20th Jul

A new interactive exhibition at Mansfield Museum explores the small actions people can take to make big changes to the planet.

Climate! How We Can Change The World takes visitors on a journey, from home and garden to woodland and oceans, to help them learn about their carbon footprint and how to reduce it.

There is the chance to have a go on an exercise bike, try out litter pickers, or chill on a sofa while reading David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg’s take on the climate emergency.

Visitors can also contribute to a community art piece, decorating a replica globe with newspaper and magazine images that represent climate change, the issues people face, and the actions they can take.

Coun Stuart Richardson, portfolio holder for Regeneration and Growth at Mansfield District Council, which operates the museum, said: “Minor changes to our lifestyle, such as walking or cycling instead of traveling by car, or recycling your rubbish as well as clothes and other household objects you no longer need, will amount to a major difference — if everyone in the district does their bit.”

Sian Booth, cultural services manager, which operates the museum, said: “Our visitor numbers always rise during the school summer holidays and we are looking forward to welcoming families from Mansfield and beyond to discover that, together, we really can change the world.

“Participants in our Art Power course have contributed to the exhibition, so look out for a crocheted wind turbine as you walk round the gallery when you visit us.”

Free school holiday activities will run from Tuesday to Friday during August, including the chance to make a bug hotel, bug hunt kit, newspaper coasters, recycled jewellery and much more. Popular Lego Days and games and jigsaw sessions will also return.

On Thursday, 25th August there will be Robin Hood-themed trails, crafts, and storytelling to celebrate the annual Nottinghamshire Day. Tour of Britain-related crafts can be made on Saturday, 2nd September, ahead of cheering on the riders as they pass through the district on Thursday, 8th September.

Go to or follow the museum’s social media accounts @mansfieldmuseum for a detailed programme of all activities.

The museum’s 100 Years Of The BBC And Broadcasting exhibition is still open, giving visitors the chance to present a newscast or try a sound booth.