A World of Good - DIY Exhibition Resource

Ever wondered what you could include to create an exhibition based upon the environment, nature & sustainability? We may have just the thing for you. Inspired by the A World of Good exhibition at Wakefield Museum download your DIY Exhibition Pack at https://bit.ly/AWoG_DIY-Exhibition

Ever wondered what you could include to create an exhibition based upon the environment, nature & sustainability? We may have just the thing for you.
Inspired by the A World of Good exhibition at Wakefield Museum download your DIY Exhibition Pack at https://bit.ly/AWoG_DIY-Exhibition

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<strong>DIY</strong> EXHIBITION PACK

Before the industrial revolution, people generally lived in<br />

harmony with the land, seas and sky. We didn’t take<br />

more from the planet than it could afford and we didn’t<br />

produce more rubbish than the environment could<br />

absorb.<br />

Then the population grew. We figured out new ways to<br />

get more resources out <strong>of</strong> the land and invented<br />

machines to produce things on a much bigger scale. The<br />

world was busy and exciting, but the factories and<br />

industry spewed out more and more rubbish and<br />

pollution. The air became dirty, rivers and seas became<br />

polluted and plants and animals began to suffer.



Back in the 1800s, Charles Waterton<br />

was one <strong>of</strong> the first people to really<br />

worry about the side effects <strong>of</strong><br />

industrialisation. Charles loved<br />

nature. He climbed trees<br />

barefoot to get close to birds<br />

in his own garden in Wakefield.<br />

When he noticed species<br />

disappearing, he built a wall<br />

five miles long around his land,<br />

creating the world’s first nature<br />

reserve.<br />

When a factory started polluting<br />

the habitat, he fought them in<br />

court and had the factory<br />

relocated.<br />

This booklet is full <strong>of</strong> ideas for things you can do right<br />

now to keep our green places happy and protect the<br />

whole planet. We also hope you will make an<br />

exhibition to share your ideas and creations.


The large, grn, red headed wd pecker, this<br />

beautiful bird has returned d goes to bed<br />

every night (I mysлf tch him) wh thr<br />

f∈e shr nes. C.W.<br />

Charles<br />

Waterton was<br />

amazed by the plants and<br />

creatures he saw on his world<br />

travels, but he was equally excited<br />

by the woodpecker in his garden and the<br />

badgers in his woods. Any small green space<br />

can be an expedition into the unknown, full<br />

<strong>of</strong> wild species doing incredible things to<br />

survive.<br />

In the 19th century, naturalism was a very<br />

popular hobby. People studied the natural<br />

world, learning the names and behavoiur <strong>of</strong><br />

the different plants and animals. hey didn’t<br />

need a lot <strong>of</strong> equipment, just curiosity and<br />

the patience to watch and learn from the<br />

world around us.<br />

You don’t have to climb trees barefoot like<br />

Waterton. Why not tune in to a webcam with<br />

a nice cup <strong>of</strong> hot chocolate, or scatter some<br />

seed outside your window and see who turns<br />

For Your <strong>Exhibition</strong> : What plants, birds or animals<br />

would you like to see living in your neighbourhood? Create<br />

animal free taxidermy by sculpting a creature out <strong>of</strong> fabric,<br />

decoupage, clay or scrap materials.

Be a Researcher<br />

How has the<br />

environment<br />

changed over<br />

the years? Maybe<br />

you know someone<br />

who has been around<br />

a long time who you can<br />

ask. They might remember<br />

whether there was more<br />

wildlife around or whether there used to be less<br />

concrete. Maybe the air is cleaner now. They might<br />

even have photographs or objects you could borrow.<br />

Be a Victorian Naturalist<br />

Pack a bag with kit and provisions and go somewhere<br />

green. Think about how you can record what you<br />

discover. Could you take some photographs? Maybe<br />

you could write a poem that describes the<br />

smells, sights and sounds <strong>of</strong> this place, or<br />

I had the tufted duck d the<br />

pochard here, much earlier th<br />

i have ever sn them. The hers<br />

have bred plнtifully.<br />

C.W,<br />

how it makes you feel. Victorian<br />

naturalists would <strong>of</strong>ten use a<br />

sketchbook to paint or take<br />

notes in the field. They might<br />

also take bark rubbings<br />

or keep a diary.<br />

Remember :<br />

Do not move anything that’s alive<br />

and take your rubbish home with you.<br />

For Your<br />




Take a moment to imagine the world you’d like to live in. What<br />

problems would you solve? What new things or species would you<br />

introduce in your neighbourhood?<br />

Every one <strong>of</strong> us has the power to make a difference, to things like<br />

global warming, loss <strong>of</strong> species and plastic pollution. Write a<br />

pledge, what action will you take to spread positive change into<br />

the world? Could you drive less and walk more? What plastics are<br />

essential and which ones could you do without?<br />

If we keep up the work Waterton started, we can help the planet to<br />

recover and create beautiful neighourhoods full <strong>of</strong> colour and life<br />

at the same time.<br />

When you think about your local environment, what three<br />

changes would you like to see and what three things do you want<br />

to protect and make sure they stay the same?<br />

3 changes 3 protects<br />

My Pledge:

T A<br />

K<br />

E<br />

A C T I ON<br />

Charles Waterton was not afraid to ruffle a few feathers. His<br />

nature reserve was very close to a soap factory. Charles<br />

was worried that the chemicals produced would poison the<br />

water around the reserve. The factory owner promised not<br />

to let any chemicals escape into the rivers, but when they<br />

broke that promise, Charles was ready to take action.<br />

He took the soap factory to court for polluting the nature<br />

reserve and eventually, the whole factory moved to a<br />

different location. He also campaigned for the protection <strong>of</strong><br />

Heath Common using posters and letters to the press.<br />

Heath Common remains a conservation area to this day.<br />

Ruffle Some Feathers. We are<br />

stronger together. Can you<br />

organise a campaign, a celebration<br />

or a task force? Perhaps you could<br />

arrange a litter pick or a community picnic. You<br />

could create a poster or petition to raise awareness.<br />

Don’t forget to save images, souvenirs, press cuttings<br />

and banners for your exhibition.<br />

For Your<br />



There are loads <strong>of</strong> things you can do to have a<br />

positive impact on your neighbourhood and your<br />

planet. Here are some ideas!<br />

Recycle<br />

Use less plastic<br />

Craftivism<br />

Listen for birds<br />

Rewild your garden<br />

Swap seeds<br />

Love insects<br />

Get an allotment<br />

Feed birds<br />

Walk more<br />

Eat less meat<br />

Buy fewer clothes<br />

Composting<br />

Cycle more<br />

Grow vegetables<br />

Make a bug hotel<br />

Avoid harmful chemicals<br />

Build a hedgehog home<br />

How many can you tick <strong>of</strong>f already?



Search an online map for a satellite view <strong>of</strong> Wakefield. The<br />

town looks pretty grey, but zoom in on your neighbourhood<br />

and you will see lots <strong>of</strong> little pieces <strong>of</strong> green; verges,<br />

gardens, school fields and more.<br />

Even the tiniest patch <strong>of</strong> green is habitat for plants and<br />

creatures. If we added all these green fragments together,<br />

we might have enough for a Wakefield National Park!<br />

Complete the grid<br />

Allotments<br />

School Field<br />

Cemetery<br />

Anglers Park<br />

Bird Feeder<br />

Your Garden<br />

Verge<br />

The Nearest Tree<br />

To Your House<br />

Window Box

What places would<br />

you include in<br />

Wakefield National<br />

Park?<br />

Why not plant<br />

something and<br />

help make<br />

Wakefield<br />

greener<br />

For Your<br />

<strong>Exhibition</strong><br />

#DoA<strong>World</strong>Of<strong>Good</strong><br />

Make a map showing all the green<br />

places that are special to you. It could<br />

be digital, 2D or 3D sculpture. You could find an<br />

old map and embellish that. You could use paint,<br />

crayons, embroidery, minecraft, papier mache, collage<br />

or construction toys. You could use things from the<br />

garden or forest floor. It could be perfectly to scale or<br />

more impressionistic.


<strong>DIY</strong> EXHIBITION<br />

Now you have lots <strong>of</strong> things to go in your exhibition,<br />

you need to decide how to display them.<br />

Should it be a physical exhibition or an online one?<br />

(You can use social media to curate your exhibition.<br />

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #DoA<strong>World</strong>Of<strong>Good</strong>)<br />

For inspiration visit Wakefield Museums A <strong>World</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Good</strong> exhibition to supercharge ideas for your<br />

exhibition<br />

Will your exhibition be ordered or freestyle?<br />

Will you choose a colour scheme?<br />

Do any <strong>of</strong> your exhibits need a label<br />

to explain what they are?

How much room do you have? You could use a<br />

piece <strong>of</strong> wall, upcycle a bookcase, create a<br />

window display or make a very tiny display<br />

inside a box. Look online or visit Wakefield<br />

museum for more ideas.<br />

Launch Your <strong>Exhibition</strong> : Throw a<br />

Party. A launch party is fun and also gives you<br />

the chance to invite people to see your hard<br />

work. You can send out invites, get snacks and<br />

drinks and give a tour <strong>of</strong> your exhibition on the<br />

day. If a few people have created a window<br />

display in your neighbourhood, you could arrange<br />

a walking trail to go and see them all. You could<br />

even have a street party to celebrate them all.

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