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Our Ocean, Our Planet at Royal Museums Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich launches "Our Ocean Our Planet, a 6 month sustainability season. 6 March 2020, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) has launched ‘Our Ocean, Our Planet’, its sustainability and climate change season. The season will run throughout summer 2020.

‘Our Ocean, Our Planet’ will centre Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) as a hub for expertise, putting scientists, researchers, artists and campaigners at the centre of the conversation around climate change and sustainability. During the season, visitors will have the opportunity to meet scientists from the UK Polar Network, learn sustainable skills from other generations, hear scientists discuss their work on measuring our planet’s health and hear a mental health specialist discuss how to tackle anxiety around climate change in young people.

 

The season will provide a platform for varied voices on the subject of sustainability and climate change as well as encouraging visitors to share their views and experiences. Workshops will inform and educate visitors on practical steps to help protect the environment as well as providing a forum to learn from NMM visitors how they practice eco-consciousness, creating a dialogue around sustainability.

 

‘Our Ocean, Our Planet’ includes art installations supported by expert talks, workshops and film screenings. The first event in the season is ‘The Space Below’, a sound installation by artists, Emma Critchley and Lee Berwick that explores the global issue of underwater acoustic pollution. In May, the NMM will host ‘Antarctica World Passport Office’, a large-scale, participatory artwork by Lucy + Jorge Orta, commissioned by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as part of their 2020 programme Antarctica In Sight. By creating greater awareness of climate and migration issues, ‘Antarctica World Passport Office’ offers an opportunity for everyone to reflect on and discuss the changing geological and geopolitical status of Antarctica, and the legacy we wish to leave for future generations.

 

NMM will hold the its annual World Oceans Day (WOD) family festival on 6 June 2020. The festival will celebrate WOD, centring on this year’s theme, Antarctica. The festival will raise awareness of the ocean, connect people worldwide and inspire continuing action year-round to protect and restore our oceans.

 

The variety of events on offer across RMG sites during the ‘Our Ocean, Our Planet’ season aims to encourage visitors to act as caretakers of the ocean - allowing participants of all ages to discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.

 

“The Museum recognises the importance of highlighting issues related to maritime sustainability and good ocean stewardship.” says Laura Boon, Maritime Curator at NMM. “A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival as it generates much of the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, and regulates our climate. Together we can and must protect and restore our ocean.”

 

For more information about Our Ocean, Our Planet visit rmg.co.uk/ourocean

 

 

OUR OCEAN, OUR PLANET EVENTS

 

Highlights include:

· Engaging workshops for all ages using recycled materials and sustainable skills

· Art installations from Katie Paterson, Emma Critchley and Lee Berwick, and Lucy + Jorge Orta

· Thought-provoking talks from scientists, researchers, artists and campaigners

 

FAMILY EVENTS

Make, Do and Maintain

Learn sustainable skills in this intergenerational club to share current skills and discover new ones. One of our experts will lead the monthly club, showcasing a specific skill or technique to use at home.

Dates: 21 March, 18 April, 16 May, 20 June, 18 July and 22 Aug 2020

Times: 10:30 – 12:00
Venue: Prince Phillip Maritime Collections Centre, Kidbrooke

Admission: Free

Age: 5+

 

Finding the Heart of Antarctica

Meet scientists from the UK Polar Network and get creative as part of ‘Antarctica In Sight’, a UK wide programme to celebrate 200 years since the first recorded sighting of Antarctica.

Dates: 4 - 19 April 2020

Times: 11:00 – 16:00

Venue: Learning Space, National Maritime Museum

Admission: Free

Age: Suitable for all ages

 

Sailor Craft

Learn traditional sailor skills and techniques to embroider your very own Cutty Sark souvenir. This family workshop will merge historical surroundings with contemporary maritime issues.

Dates: 7 - 9 April 2020

Times: 11.30-13.30 and 14.00-16.00

Venue: Sammy Ofer Gallery, Cutty Sark

Admission: Activity free with admission to the ship

Age: Suitable for ages 4 and over

 

Ocean Commotion

Sail through time and across the seas, from Asia to Antarctica, in this family workshop, to learn about rising sea levels and plastic pollution.

Dates: 25 – 29 May 2020

Times: 11:30, 12:30, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:30

Venue: Sammy Ofer Gallery, Cutty Sark

Admission: Activity free with admission to the ship

Age: Suitable for ages 5 and over

 

Ship of Change

Join us as we use art to discuss and respond to the changing world we are living in. This family workshop will work towards creating a big sail sculpture.

Dates: 5 and 6 August 2020

Times: 11:30-13:30 | 14:00-16:00

Venue: Sammy Ofer Gallery, Cutty Sark

Admission: Activity free with admission to the ship

Age: Suitable for ages 4 and over

 

The Oceans and Me!

Explore the oceans and your relationship to them. Discover more about the impact we have had on our world and how this is studied. Be inspired by artists who have responded to the changing climate and find your own voice.

Dates: Throughout School Summer Holidays

Time: 11:00 – 16:00

Venue: Learning Space, National Maritime Museum

Admission: Free

Age: Suitable for all ages and abilities.

 

LEGO Robotics – Sea Cleaner

Help keep our oceans clean by building and coding a mini LEGO sea cleaner with Engineering Minds.

Dates: 5 and 6 September 2020

Times: 11:30-13:30 | 14:00-16:00

Venue: Sammy Ofer Gallery, Cutty Sark

Admission: Activity free with admission to the ship, Ticketed

Age: Suitable for ages 4 and over

 

WORLD OCEANS DAY ONE-DAY FESTIVAL

Celebrate our annual World Oceans Day with a day full of indoor and outdoor activities, workshops and live music. Co-commissioned with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as part of its cultural programme ‘Antarctica In Sight’, World Oceans Day 2020 includes an exciting intervention responding to the theme of Antarctica led by year 5 pupils from Rathfern Primary School and devised with the National Maritime Museum’s artist-in-residence, Katie Paterson. Visitors can venture onto The Great Map to explore ‘Engine Room’, consisting of three workshops focusing on an important Antarctic features: Ice, Water, and Air.

Dates: 6 June 2020

Times: 11:00–16:00
Venue: National Maritime Museum
Admission: Free entry

Age: Suitable for all ages

 

EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS

‘The Space Below’

‘The Space Below’ is a 50 speaker sound installation by artists, Emma Critchley and Lee Berwick, in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. The installation explores the global issue of underwater acoustic pollution as an underground walk-through experience beneath the waters of the River Thames.

Dates: 7 and 14 March 2020

Times: 11:00 and 14:00

Venue: Meet at the Propeller Space, National Maritime Museum for a Tunnel Tour with the artists

Admission: Free, Ticketed

Age: 7+

 

‘The Space Below’ Artists’ Talk

Created from underwater sound recordings that have been made by scientists all around the world, the installation features both natural sounds made by a wide range of sea creatures as well as human-made sounds of boats, sonar, seismic surveys and acoustic deterrent devices. Artists Emma Crichley and Lee Berwick will lead an artists’ talk about this installation.

Dates: 13 March 2020

Times: 18:00 -19:30

Venue: Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum

Admission: Free, Ticketed

Age: 11+

 

Antarctica World Passport Office

This large-scale, participatory artwork by artist duo Lucy and Jorge Orta is commissioned by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as part of their 2020 programme Antarctica In Sight. 'Antarctica World Passport Office’ invites us all to imagine what the universal values of a world citizen would be, and what we can all learn from the legacy of human heritage on the continent. The piece explores topics relating to the environment, politics, autonomy, habitat, mobility and relationships among peoples.

Dates: 21 May – 29 June
Times: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: ReThink space, National Maritime Museum

Admission: Free

Age: 5+

 

TALKS, LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

Our Ocean, Our Planet – Big Questions.

Join us every Sunday in May for practical workshops in low waste living followed by an informal discussion by experts about the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Each week we will explore different topics with those leading the research and working in these areas, from rising sea levels, to ocean plastics to deep sea mining. We are all aware that we need to live more sustainably and have less impact on the planet, but often it is difficult to know how. Practical workshops with Sunny Jar Eco Hub aim to make low waste living easy and accessible for all.

Workshops

Dates: 3 May 2020 – Introduction to Low Waste Living

10 May 2020 – Clothes Mending Workshop

17 May 2020 – Making Bags with Upcycled Materials

24 May 2020 – Natural Cleaning Workshop

31 May 2020 – Natural Beauty Workshop

Times: 13.45- 15.15

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Admission: £4

Age: 14+

 

Talks

Dates: 3 May 2020 – Why are sea levels rising?

10 May 2020 – Is fast fashion destroying the ocean? What can I do about it?

17 May 2020 – Will there be more plastic in the sea than fish?

24 May 2020 – Why are marine protected areas important?

31 May 2020 – What is the future of the deep sea?

Times: 15.30-16.30

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Admission: Free

Age: 14+

 

How to Talk About the Climate and Ecological Crisis with your Children

Join Mental Health Specialist, Karen James, and Miranda Irwin, founder of Islington Clean Air Parents, for a supportive and informative session for parents and carers who are concerned about how to navigate conversations with their children about the climate crisis, and how best to support them during these challenging times.

Dates: 30 May 2020

Times: 14.00-16.00

Venue: Seminar Room, National Maritime Museum

Admission: Free, ticketed

Age: 16+, Babies welcome

 

The End of Fish and Chips? A Contemporary Maritime Talk at the Royal Institution

Part of the ongoing series of contemporary maritime talks with the Royal Institution of Great Britain. This is a lively panel-based event, with experts in fish ecology, sustainability and monitoring to discuss if there really plenty more fish in the sea…

Dates: 11 June 2020

Times: 19.00 – 20.30

Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS

Admission: Standard £16 | Concession £10 | Royal Institution Members and Patrons £7 | RMG Members £7

Age: 12+

 

INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

 

Venue: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Dates: March to September 2020

Opening times: 10:00 – 17:00

Visitor enquiries: 020 8858 4422 / rmg.co.uk/ourocean

Website: rmg.co.uk/ourocean

Twitter: @RMGreenwich #OurOceanOurPlanet

Instagram: @royalmuseumsgreenwich #OurOceanOurPlanet

Facebook: @royalmuseumsgreenwich #OurOceanOurPlanet

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The National Maritime Museum holds the world’s largest maritime collection telling stories of Britain’s epic relationship with the sea, housed in historic buildings forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

 

The National Maritime Museum is part of Royal Museums Greenwich which also incorporates the Royal Observatory, the 17th-century Queen’s House and the clipper ship Cutty Sark. This unique collection of museums and heritage buildings, which form a key part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes over two and a half million British and international visitors a year and is also a major centre of education and research. The mission of Royal Museums Greenwich is to enrich people’s understanding of the sea, the exploration of space, and Britain's role in world history. For more information, visit www.rmg.co.uk.

 

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