Sustainability database


Dr Nick Merriman

Director, Manchester Museum

Nick Merriman was appointed as Director of the Manchester Museum in March 2006. Since then he has focused its mission on promoting understanding between cultures and working towards a sustainable world and has overseen the refurbishment of most of the Museum’s permanent galleries. This, together with a major programme of public engagement, has led to a doubling of the Museum’s visitor numbers to over 400,000 a year.

Prior to moving to Manchester, Nick Merriman was Director of Museums and Collections, and Reader in Museum Studies, at University College London, for eight years. During this time he developed new courses in museum and heritage studies, and created a new university-wide museum service. From 2004 to 2006 he was a part-time Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme, undertaking a bespoke scheme of training and development in cultural leadership.

Nick supervises disposal rates of museum collections and also new uses for natural history collections (e.g. engaging audiences around sustainability)

Cultural Assets
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Manchester Museum

Environmental sustainability is a major element of all aspects of the Museum’s work. As a museum with large collections of preserved natural specimens and objects from human cultures, our Mission is:

As a university museum, the Manchester Museum uses its international collection of human and natural history for enjoyment and inspiration, working with people from all backgrounds to provoke debate and reflection about the past, present and future of the earth and its inhabitants.

Sustainability, Heritage, Heritage protection, Community, Public engagement


Community and non-UoM student collaboration

Working with Friends of Whitworth Park, and also Student Volunteers and events students from MMU, providing infrastructural improvements and community activities. Also working with Museum Youth board and local community in tree planting.


Collaboration with Whitworth Art Gallery

Operational plan is now called 'The Whitworth/ Manchester Museum Green Plan'. New steering group for environmental sustainability liked to be Manchester Partnership Museums Green Group.