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Museum Freecycle UK

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Guidelines for posting items

Dear all,

Museum Freecycle UK has been created for the UK museum industry to use to exchange exhibition build items for free in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the industry. The success of the network will depend on how much we all use this network to give and get items.

So please do use the site to post exhibition build items that you no longer need and to find new elements and help us promote the site to others in the industry.

Museum Freecycle UK was set up by architects and exhibition designers, Urban Salon and The Freecycle Network. It is the world’s first industry freecycle group and the world’s first national freecycle group. Please let us know what is working, where we can improve things and how we can evolve the network to make it work better for you. Museum Freecycle UK is hosted by (R) and builds on its tried and tested infrastructure and protocols. The network is set up for the free exchange museum items only, please do take note of the general Freecycle Guidelines below.

If you have any comments or want to play a part in helping to develop this network, please click the "contact moderators" link above. 

Thank you,

---- KEEP IT FREE, LEGAL & APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES. This means, for example, no pornography, no alcohol, no tobacco, no drugs (of any kind, including all medicines, vitamins, creams, etc.), no firearms or other weapons, no unregistered waste carriers [UK only]. 

SUBJECT LINE OF POSTS: OFFER: display case (Manchester) TAKEN: display case [Used in conjunction with an Offer] WANTED: mannequin (Southampton) [Please use this post sparingly and don't offer money.] RECEIVED: mannequin [Used in conjunction with a Wanted] ADMIN: [Used by group moderators - local policy issues, etc.] 

WANTED POSTS ARE TO BE USED SPARINGLY. Numerical limits on Wanted posts vary by local group.

RESPONSES GO ONLY TO OFFERER. It keeps down the sheer number of emails. 


NO SWAPS/TRADING PLEASE. Go to your local swap/trading organization for this. It can be quite fun. With Freecycle, though, there are no strings attached.

NO PERSONAL ADS. Posting oneself or another person from the human species is not allowed. There are many fine Internet dating sites better suited to this purpose.

NO POSTS ABOUT ANIMALS FOR BREEDING OR FOOD PURPOSES. Beyond this, some groups do allow non-breeding-related posts to find new homes for pets, but ask that it be kept legal and lovingly careful. Other groups prefer not to allow pet postings. 

BE NICE. A brief note on Freecycle etiquette: we are all volunteers and we've got a great little community here so when you arrange to pick up an item from another Freecycle member, it is basic good manners to accommodate them as much as possible in terms of scheduling, and then be punctual; they are, after all, giving you something you need and asking nothing in return except that you will show up when you say you will. Also, unless the giver tells you otherwise, assume that they would like you to come by as soon as you can to take away the item. 

PICK UP. Arrange as you like. Generally, you'll wait until you get a handful of responses or maybe overnight, and then you can pick whomever you like! That's half the fun. Arrange pickup with one person only. Otherwise you'll become unpopular pretty quickly with your fellow Freecycle group members. Also, only give your phone number to one person at a time or ask for the recipient's phone number. Otherwise you'll get swamped with phone calls. 

SAFETY. Be aware! It is up to each individual member of Freecycle when arranging for pickup of the item being given away to be appropriately aware of the potential risk of having "a stranger" come to your office to pick something up. Freecycle as an organization assumes no responsibility for this risk. You may want to arrange to meet in a public place or leave the item without mentioning whether or not you will be there at the time of pickup.

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