In 2050, the world population will be almost 10 billion people. Ensuring that everyone has access to healthy and sustainable food will be a challenge of the future that begins today in our search for solutions.
This motivated the Museum of Tomorrow and the Science Museum Group to develop the Food for Tomorrow project, with support from the British Council funded through the Newton Fund Institutional Skills program.
The project trained staff from the Museum of Tomorrow to develop a touring exhibition on food, as well as promote the exchange of knowledge between the museums.
The Museum of Tomorrow promoted a series of workshops on reducing food waste and making full use of food products in the Port Region of Rio de Janeiro, where the museum is located. The objective was to encourage healthier habits among the residents and create a network of sustainable restaurants. These workshops provided an opportunity to test the educational approaches that will accompany the touring exhibition wherever it goes, mobilizing a growing audience.
As if it were at step-by-step recipe to serve many people, the project was instrumental for this exhibition that is currently being developed by the Museum of Tomorrow on the future of food.
We have held dozens of meetings, spent more than a hundred hours exchanging experiences, through free workshops for residents and restaurants, as well as exchanges between the staff of the Museum of Tomorrow and the Science Museum Group, between mid-2017 and early 2018. In addition, we have established partnerships with Embrapa-Solos, Sebrae/RJ, Refettorio Gastromotiva and Fazenda Culinária restaurant, which have been decisive for the success of the project.
Research methodologies adopted by British colleagues, some routines for designing and formatting exhibitions...
In addition to meeting scientists and farmers who can provide case studies to include in new Science Museum exhibitions...
Sinéad Marron and Mary Cavanagh
It was refreshing to see how a small team really came together to work creatively and deliver an ambitious program to the museum audience...
Kristin Hibbs, Nina Langlie and Joanne Sheppard
Our exchange was essential for the team to understand the complex process of developing a touring exhibition...
Leonardo Menezes, Eduardo Carvalho and Emanuel Alencar
Our trip was a great opportunity to exchange experiences with the teams at the Science Museum in London...
Laura Taves, Davi Bonela and Leonardo Fróes
The workshop about making full use of food products was presented by chef Mirella Vieira, accompanied by the staff of Reffetorio Gastromotiva
The workshops at Refettorio Gastromotiva were offered free of charge to residents of Rio de Janeiro's Port Region, where the Museum of Tomorrow is located
Meghie Rodrigues, Fabio Moraes and Davi Bonela from the Museum of Tomorrow accompanied Mirella Vieira in the workshops that encouraged the residents of the Port Region to reflect on their eating habits
In addition to learning more about the full use of food, residents of the region participated in an outdoor workshop on how to grow food in urban areas
The workshops were also attended by the entrepreneurs from the Sabores do Porto network, which unites residents from the hillside communities of Providência and Pinto
In addition to encouraging restaurant owners and chefs in the port region of Rio de Janeiro, the workshops held by the Museum of Tomorrow in partnership with Sebrae/RJ inspired the participants to create their own recipes inspired by the new lessons learned.
The results can be seen in the book Recipes of Tomorrow, available in Portuguese and English. The book provides recipes for the full use of food prepared by restaurants to enhance their menu and reduce food waste.
How to feed ten billion people with quality food and sustainability? The Museum of Tomorrow will guide visitors to explore the dilemmas and possibilities for the future of food in a 600m² exhibition, full of interactive displays, video-mappings, totems, LED screens, backlights and unique experiences that other museums will also be able to display.
“The Museum of Tomorrow's ongoing challenge is to anticipate relevant discussions on how to ensure better living conditions for future generations. And just as importantly, we add to these reflections how to live together from now on. And these shared agendas with the UK, shared on particular with institutions such as the Science Museum Group through the British Council's incentive programs have given us the opportunity to develop new exhibition content, transforming our grant from the Newton Fund Institutional Skills in a unique collaboration between Brazil and the UK. I am convinced that alliances like these will help answer the set of questions we ask our visitors every day: Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we? Where are we going? How do we want to get there? There is no doubt that we must go together, aligned with the same purpose. The project Food for Tomorrow provides a good example of this”.
Ricardo Piquet, President of the Museum of Tomorrow | IDG
“The support for the joint activities that have been developed between the Science Museum and the Museum of Tomorrow is very valuable to our bilateral cooperation in science and other missions. It provides a fruitful space in which we can develop strategic partnerships between Brazil and the United Kingdom; it also affirms our long-term vision and the opportunity to exchange knowledge, methodologies and experiences that will increase the value of institutional operations and contribute relevant knowledge to the public they serve and the countries in which they operate”.
Diana Daste, Senior Program Manager of the Newton Fund and Higher Education
“Different cultural institutions have different reasons for working across borders: to fulfill their missions; to gain prestige and influence; for professional and institutional development; and to increase revenue. For us, at the Science Museum Group, it is very clear that science, our main subject, is an international effort and does not reflect only partial histories. We believe that the Museum of Tomorrow, a museum that talks about how we all live together and asks questions about the future of the planet and the many possible "tomorrows" that lie ahead of us, shares our vision and our desire to tell a rich and comprehensive history of the world. Working in partnership with the Museum of Tomorrow has certainly enriched our cultural and world perceptions and emphasized the importance of working internationally”.
Helen Jones, Director of Strategy and International, Science Museum Group