Thanks to Rachael Rogers at Abergavenny Museum for prompting potentially one of our most influential developments in the  UK museums sector. Rachael asked us if there were any KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that their Happy Museum should be monitoring.  The answer was no; there are very many performance measures that different policy makers request, for […]

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On a rainy summer afternoon in August 2015 a small group of museum practitioners gathered on a canal boat in Kings Cross for an afternoon session investigating and experimenting with the links between museum collections and our relationship with the material world. We wanted to consider what the benefits and impact might be of activities […]

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Happy and Green:  Workshops investigating the benefits to museum teams of a focus on wellbeing and sustainability In September 2013 teams from seven museums gathered together at the fantastic Cinema Museum in Kennington to test out the business and wider benefits of sustainability and wellbeing in museum (and wider cultural) practice. Museum teams came from […]

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Volunteers – who benefits? Happy Museum Development Day 4 February 2014 Evaluation Ruth Clarke event programmer Event details Date: 4 February 2014 Location: Bilston Craft Gallery Who: Happy Museum community of practice and those involved in Volunteer Management I the wider sector Time: 10.30 – 4pm No of attendees: 32 including facilitators Facilitators Hillary Jennings […]

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This development day was put together to share and learn from some of the excellent Happy Museum project practice around well-being, play, creativity and fun.   Three commissioned museums presented about their projects, two of which had some very jovial external practitioners from non-museum disciplines to enthuse and inspire us. Woodhorn Museum brought along their […]

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Yesterday, the Happy Museum Project (HMP) held an exciting Open Workshop on Measuring What Matters at the beautiful Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. Attended by representatives from 33 museums and arts organizations, including Bristol Museum, Bilston Craft Gallery and the Mental Health Museum, the day proved to be a great success. HMP Associate, Hilary Jennings, and […]

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  In April 2013 the Happy Museum Project (HMP) held Open Workshops in Newcastle and Birmingham. Staged in the Great Northern Museum and The Fazeley Studios respectively, the venues providing magnificent settings for a rigorous two days of discussion, presentations and activity. 17 representatives attended the Newcastle event, from organizations as diverse as National Trust […]

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