Happy Museum Project –  Landscapes of the Mind: The Art of Wellbeing conference, 28/06/13   The conference discussed the thinking behind the Happy Museums Project, described its progress, and went through some of the evidence supporting its philosophy, and successes seen in similar projects. The first speaker was Professor Paul Camic, who I missed due […]

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Many congratulations to Happy Museum funding recipients, the Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM), on their Environmental Award win at the first Pride of Bucks ceremony! The event was organised by the Buckinghamshire Examiner and Advertiser Newspapers Series and supported by B P Collins LLP in order to highlight environmental awareness in the Chilterns. The award […]

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Reading Museum’s Happy Museum commission has deepened our dialogue with neighbourhoods in Reading. With the support of Neighbourhood Action Groups (NAGs) we have made contact with residents in areas of Reading blighted by high levels of crime and scoring poorly in social indexes of deprivation. Participants have explored the museum’s collections and delved into archives […]

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Many congratulations to The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in Canterbury! Their Happy Museum sponsored exhibition, “The Paper Apothecary,” is up for a prestigious Collections Trust: Excellence in Collections Management award. The Paper Apothecary was funded by the Happy Museum Project during our second round of commissions. In addition to The Beaney, other Participatory […]

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Bees on the roof of Manchester Art Gallery, Love Food Hate Waste Roman food recipes from the Grosvenor Museum in Chester and monitoring electricity use in the Victorian buildings of Warrington Museum are all sustainability actions being taken by Museums in the North West.  On 16 April the Museum Development North West Sustainability conference at […]

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We met to discuss how we might link the past with the present in museum displays, a question which touches on several Happy Museum themes – ‘connect’, ‘mutual relationships’, ‘active citizens’, ‘curate the past, present and future’. Joining in the discussion were staff from Chiltern Open Air Museum, Godalming Museum, the Imperial War Museum North […]

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Our Happy Museum project is concerned with trialling and evaluating different object handling methods and looking at how we can create more meaningful conversations with our visitors around them. During a rather cold and snowy February we trialled our six object handling models. They consisted of group work, quirky experiments and tweaked versions of regular […]

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