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Explore how we use our collections to understand the past, present and future of the climate emergency.



Three short films, accompanying teachers’ notes and worksheet exploring the climate emergency, our role and choices surrounding it and how it links to a variety of careers.


Aimed at P7–S3

Pollution and waste

From our connection with transport, both old and new, to the fashion industry and our choices as consumers, explore waste and pollution.

Animal extinction and habitat loss

Museum collections, from farming tools to marine invertebrates, can help us understand how landscapes are changing and the impact this has on a wide range of species as a result.

Climate change and ice melt

Measuring our weather and climate changes through Victorian weather stations, historical travel guides and modern-day lasers helps us understand the developing climate emergency.

Earth With Question Mark

Teachers' notes

The accompanying teachers’ notes for these films provide ideas for activities and further exploration of the topics covered.

Flip to the career appendix for staff profiles covering routes into work and how a variety of roles are crucial to understanding the climate emergency in a museum setting.

Download the teachers' notes
Various Invertebrates

Pupil worksheet

These films highlight some of curatorial teams’ favourite objects and those in our collection which pupils of Castlebrae Community High School thought best told the story of climate emergency.

Ask your pupils what museum objects, or objects from their own lives, they think best tell these stories.

Download the pupil worksheet

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