It has been a little while since we last blogged about how we’re working to ‘green up’ our act here at Charlecote. It might have fallen off our blogging radar but it is still very much an important part of what we do on a day-to-day basis.
We’re currently planning a big ‘switch it off’ morning where we turn off all electrical items to see what our overnight energy baseline should be. At the moment our energy use fluctuates at all different times of the day and night and we’re not sure what it should be. Carrying out this exercise should help us to be more active in turning off equipment and also see where we could make energy savings. This will also involve almost all members of the team so everyone is in the know!
The House Elves have also been looking at their opening and closing routines and which lights need to be on when.
Since the eco-assessments earlier this year our Green Museums have been working hard to identify their priorities, monitor energy use and begin to make positive changes. Ruth Webb updates us on the lessons learnt so far at Charlecote Park…
‘Heritage venues are usually hundreds of years old, battling against the agents of decay and trying to survive into another decade. We often charged with their upkeep and maintenance. But are we doing it in the most environmentally friendly way?
At Charlecote we are working in partnership with a number of heritage venues in the West Midlands. We are led and inspired by our county Museum Development Officer as we together embark on a journey to become ‘green museums’.
In being part of this project I have become aware of how many ways we can green up our act in the simplest of ways. You don’t all have to raise money to install solar panels or composting toilets (but if you do – well done!). Sometimes the trickiest job is just getting people to change their…’