Sustainability database


Ms Jo Beggs

Head of Development

I head up the development team which works across The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery

Initiatives include 10% carbon reduction despite a 33% addition to the building, Green Travel Plan, Environmental Champions' Blog, gallery sustainable cafe, Whitworth Park 'bug hotels'.

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Manchester Museum

Environmental sustainability is a major element of all aspects of the Museum’s work. As a museum with large collections of preserved natural specimens and objects from human cultures, our Mission is:

As a university museum, the Manchester Museum uses its international collection of human and natural history for enjoyment and inspiration, working with people from all backgrounds to provoke debate and reflection about the past, present and future of the earth and its inhabitants.

Sustainability, Heritage, Heritage protection, Community, Public engagement


Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery re-opens on February 14th, 2015!

A £15 million development has transformed the gallery, doubling it in size and creating new spaces that embrace the park it calls home.Yet although the Whitworth is about to open a new chapter in its history, the organisation itself has a much broader story to tell.

Heritage, Heritage protection, Arts, Culture, History


Global Action Plan

In place since 2008. Currently in the process of drawing up one cohesive document that draws several different aims and schemes together. Targeting BREEAM excellent status. Silver Award in Green Impact Workbook. Targeting the Advanced Level in 2013.


Community and external engagement

Planning is informed by University's sustainability plan, and external bodies: SU's Green Impact Workbook, MCC's Environmental Business Pledge (managed by Groundwork), Renaissance in the Regions, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England.


Environmental Champions Group Blog

All staff and volunteers encouraged to contribute. Green Roof, Learning team, Gallery Beekeeper. Plasma screens and lighting replaced by eco-friendly alternatives.


Collaboration with Whitworth Art Gallery

Operational plan is now called 'The Whitworth/ Manchester Museum Green Plan'. New steering group for environmental sustainability liked to be Manchester Partnership Museums Green Group.