STICK’s online Spring 2021 event and AGM fell on 22nd April, also International Earth Day. Focussing on the themes of the future of heritage combustion engines and green initiatives, the event explored justifying, offsetting or sustainably running engines, navigating new climate regulations at local and national levels, funding partnerships, and the future of running heritage engines.

As we navigate the climate emergency organisations seek to minimise emissions and reduce resource consumption – but where does that leave heritage organisations that run historic engines on fossil fuels? How can we justify or offset these emissions and what does the future look like for our historic engines with increasingly sustainability-focussed funders?  What is the role of industrial museums and collections in STEM and environmental education and how might learning outcomes balance emissions?

The free conference was held online via Zoom on 22 April 2021.

10am Welcome and Housekeeping

10.15am Fuelling Paddle Steamer Waverley by Paul Semple, General Manager at Waverley Excursions

10.30am Using energy of the past to learn about energy of the future by Craig Sinclair, Freelance Science Communicator

10.45 Steam Driven Cotton by Heather Davis, Conservation & Collections Manager, and Philip Butler, Curator of Industry & Technology, at Lancashire Country Council

11am Securing future coal supplies for heritage steam by Steve Oates, CEO at Heritage Railway Association

11.15am Is it that bad? Where are we in the climate conversation and what do we see as our role? by Dr Becky Peacock, Museum Director at Museum of Scottish Railways

11.30am Fuelling the Future by Victoria Robb, Education Manager at National Mining Museum Scotland

11.45 Smoke on the Water by Jim Mitchell, Director at Industrial Heritage Consulting

12pm Break for lunch

12.45pm Panel discussion

The STICK Annual General Meeting followed. The notice for the AGM and the AGM papers can be found here.


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