DMAC launches new environmental statement

An Environmentally Responsible Vision

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has released a new Environmental Statement, pledging to place carbon reduction and environmental issues at the heart of our work.

The museum’s Environmental Statement is released on International Museum Day 2022, a day exploring the potential of museums to bring about positive change in their communities.

As part of today’s statement, the museum is committed to:

  • highlighting ecology and climate issues in our public facing work
  • encouraging biodiversity in our Dye Garden
  • collecting and interpreting our own environmental data
  • encouraging and inspiring visitors and staff to reduce their own pollution and carbon footprint
  • integrating principles of environmental sustainability when procuring goods and services
  • investigating the use of greener energy supplies
  • working in a way that promotes the local economy and beautiful natural environment
  • collaborating with cultural and environmental partners to deliver this crucial work
A Natural Dyeing Legacy

Much like the artists who settled in the village over 100 years ago, environmental sustainability has always been front of mind for the team at Ditchling.

One way that visitors can engage with the museum’s environmental efforts is through our Dye Garden Tours. Each summer we open the garden up to the public to teach them about the slow and meditative practice of dyeing using plant and vegetable fibres. Ditchling has a longstanding history of this climate-friendly practice – the village was the home of prodigious dyer Ethel Mairet in the early 20th century, securing its position as the UK’s home of natural dyeing.

Natural dyes are biodegradable, non-toxic and non-allergenic, making them better for the environment as they don’t have any carcinogenic components which are found in many synthetic dyes. What’s more, natural dyes consume less water than synthetic dyes and they are not harmful to the environment since they come entirely from natural and renewable sources.

Visitors can experiment with a range of natural dyeing techniques themselves at the museum’s Natural Dye Day on 27 August.

“Artists and craftspeople came to Ditchling in the early 20th century so that they could live sustainably, in harmony with nature. The beautiful South Downs around the village were an important source of creativity and inspiration in their work; their ideas were very much in tune with contemporary thinking about living lightly on the earth, and the museum is happy to play its part in that to this day.” – Museum Director and CEO Stephanie Fuller

Read the Environmental Statement.