Situated on M Shed’s first floor, the official launch took place at the Nature Camera Action private view. The display celebrates some of the many people who have inspired change and helped contribute to a greener Bristol. It ties into Bristol’s role as European Green Capital and highlights the good work already achieved across the city.
Jane, who has an MBE for her services to community recycling, was selected as a participant after communities were invited to nominate local people and organisations who have made a positive impact to the green movement in the Bristol area. Jane was chosen for her commitment to Bristol’s environmental movement since 1983 with Friends of the Earth, The Recycling Consortium (Avon Foe, SOFA and Children’s Scrapstore) and now with Resource Futures. She is an active member of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and a Non-Executive Director of Bristol 2015, the company set up to manage Bristol’s tenure of EU Green Capital. Resource Futures are supporting the development of re-use across the city, during Bristol 2015, through encouraging collaboration between the numerous social enterprises, public bodies, companies and community groups involved in re-use.
Other people and organisations featured on this display include Justin Smith, Bristol's ‘Mushroom Man’, who was a freelance ecologist and Bristol City Council's first Woodland and Wildlife Officer.
Also included are Sustrans and Centre for Sustainable Energy, both national charities that were founded in Bristol and deliver sustainable transport and energy respectively, and Hartcliffe Health & Environment Action Group (HHEAG) based in an outer city housing estate in south Bristol which is recognised as an area of multiple deprivation. HHEAG has pioneered a number of initiatives to promote the benefits of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle including a growing-cooking-eating project with its community market garden.
The display is part of the ‘Our Museum’ programme Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives service is trialling with eight other UK museums to place communities at the heart of what they do. It is sponsored by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and aims to engage with local communities to become more rooted in local needs and give communities a voice.
Jane commented: ‘I’m honoured to have been included in the ‘You Make Bristol…’ display and I am very grateful to those who nominated me. Bristol is a fantastic, receptive place for green issues and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to be part of the environmental movement here.’
The project manager of the display, DB Redfern, commented: ‘There are so many inspirational individuals and organisations in Bristol and this display will communicate the good that has been done to hundreds of M Shed visitors over the coming months. Those selected have all made amazing contributions to green initiatives in Bristol, and this is a great way of saying thank you to them.’
The exhibition runs from 17th July 2015 until February 2016.