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MA Voices Support for Museum Freecycle UK

June 23, 2014



LONDON, June 23 -- The Museums Association issued the following news release:

The Museums Association (MA) is voicing its support for a new initiative to encourage the recycling and reuse of exhibition build elements between museums.

Museum Freecycle UK, which launched last week, aims to provide a platform for museums to offer each other showcases and other exhibition build items that would otherwise be discarded.

Emma Mitchinson, the MA's marketing and sales officer, said: "Museum Freecycle UK is a good complement to the MA's Find an object search.

"Where Find an object is for museums looking to acquire, dispose, lend or borrow museum objects subject to the MA's code of ethics, we hope that Museum Freecycle UK will provide a space for museums to share equipment and items needed to produce exhibitions.

"Museum Freecycle UK is a great initiative that we hope will save museums time and money, and lower the carbon footprint of temporary exhibitions. As such it is a good fit with the MA's sustainability work"

Caroline Keppel-Palmer, the managing director of Urban Salon, which founded Museum Freecycle UK, said: "As exhibition designers, we are only too aware of the waste that temporary exhibitions generate.

"Museum Freecycle UK provides a simple online tool to help us make exhibition build budgets go further, create more engaging experiences for museum visitors and reduce waste.

"Museum Freecycle UK is the first industry-wide and national Freecycle group created. We will learn as we go. We look forward to working with the museum sector to evolve the network and to continue to help museums reuse materials."

Links

Museum Freecycle UK[https://groups.freecycle.org/group/MuseumFreecycleUK/posts/all]

Find an object[http://www.museumsassociation.org/collections/find-an-object]

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