TWAM Achieves Its First 3 Star Creative Green Certification

Massive congratulations to Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums for achieving its first 3 star certification.

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums is a cohort of 8 venues: Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, Discovery Museum, Great North Museum Hancock, Laing Art Gallery, Segedunum Roman Fort Baths and Museum, Shipley Art Gallery, South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, and Stephenson Railway Museum.

This is TWAM’s fourth Creative Green certification and the first time it has achieved a 3 star certification, thanks to its commitment to embed sustainable behaviour within the organisation and its energy emissions reduction of 12%.

As Iain Watson, Director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums shared with us:  

“​“We are delighted that we have been awarded a 3 star Creative Green rating in recognition of our commitment in embedding environmental sustainability in our operations. We are striving to become a regional leader on environmental sustainability and we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our business activities.” Iain Watson, Director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums​”

How They Did It


  • 'Green Champions' across venues who have different environmental responsibilities    
  • Celebration of Green Office Week, with staff incentivised to provide opportunities of behaviour change
  • Engagement events with audiences from encouraging recycling to clothes upcycling to using public transport
  • Reuse and recycling of exhibition materials wherever possible
  • LED lighting and sensor control was procured wherever possible when old lights needed replacing


  • Demeter system to monitor water usage in Discovery Museum, with others looking into the system
  • Regular review of lighting (especially in galleries) and heating to ensure efficiency
  • Compare monthly energy data, alerting venue managers to anomalies Follow best practice guidance for managing air conditioning in galleries


Between 2014/15 and 2015/16:

  • Electricity consumption decreased by 9.6%
  • Energy use emissions decreased by 11.7%
  • Water use (both absolute and relative) decreased by 56%

Congratulations again to the TWAM team, we can't wait to see what you get up to next year.

Sustaining Creativity