Museums facing their environmental and social responsibilities: towards an ethical and sustainable model

ICOM France and its partners ICOM Canada, ICOM Spain, ICOM Lebanon, ICOM-CC, ICTOP, NATHIST, ICOM Arab, ICOM
LAC, and the University of Quebec Trois Rivières are launching a new series of debates dedicated to the development of an
ethical and sustainable model in museums.

This series of meetings/debates is intended for museum professionals and will include contributions from colleagues who can
share innovative experiences in the field of sustainable development. This notion is understood here in its ecological and
societal dimensions.

This cycle will take the form of 6 participative sessions on a digital platform from May to November 2023.

Session 1
Sustainable architecture and built heritage
Wednesday 24th May 2023
17:30 – 19:00 (CEST)

The built heritage has many assets (evidence of old building techniques, old materials etc.), but also constraints. These
constraints are particularly evident in terms of energy renovation. This session will review the methods and tools aimed at
integrating the requirements of the ecological transition, particularly concerning renovation, but also the difficulties encountered.

Dialogue and exchange with:

Annelies Cosaert, from the sustainability unit of IRPA (Royal Institute for Artistic Heritage) – Belgium
Danilo Forleo, Head of Preventive Conservation, Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
Ning Liu, architect, co-founder of the company Building for Climate
Laurent Ricard, Head of the Building and Security Department, Conservation Centre of the Louvre Museum

The session was moderated by Ann Bourgès, Secretary General of ICOMOS France and leader of the “climate change” working group, and Hélène Vassal, member of the ICTOP board and Director of Collections Support at the Louvre Museum.

Recorded in French, English and Spanish.


The cycle is designed with the financial support of ICOM, the Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.