Imperial War Museum, North ‘Participating with Objects’, October 2012- March 2013 The ‘Participating with Objects’ project promoted civic engagement through experimental object handling activities, and enabled people to connect around issues of life and death, how war shapes lives and what, in the future, we might need to be fighting for. From a tank to […]

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Woodhorn Charitable Trust, Stand-up for Woodhorn, 2013-2014 The links between laughter and wellbeing are well established. Laughter releases endorphins, increases oxygen to the blood, promotes relaxation and boosts the immune system.  With this in mind, Woodhorn commissioned a ‘Comedian in Residence’ to explore the part comedy can play in facilitating meaningful connections between people and […]

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Sounds in the Garden, October 2012- March 2013 Anne Hathaway’s 15th century cottage at Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust became the focus of a celebration in the ‘Sounds in the Garden’ project. ‘Sounds in the Garden’ inspired local communities in Shottery and Stratford upon Avon to spend time outdoors, be active and value green […]

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Torquay Museum, ‘Young Sustainability Champions’ 2013-2014 The ‘Young Sustainability Champions’ project developed a cohort of young community sustainability champions at Torquay Museum. To target a new 14-18 age range the project manager attended 2 secondary school assemblies and ran workshops such as a renewable energy trip, and an oceans workshop. The workshops culminated a festival […]

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Manchester Museum undertook two Happy Museum projects aiming to investigate and embed playfulness in their museum practice.  The first project trained the museum’s visitor team to develop their understanding of play and reflection techniques. In the second project, the museum developed Rules for a Playful Museum, a playful and accessible handbook to capture the learning […]

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Kirkstall Abbey – Happy Project, summer 2013- spring 2014 As custodians of a site of national significance, Kirkstall Abbey are an important resource and focus for the local community in Leeds. Kirkstall Abbey draws rich inspiration from the monks that lived and worshipped there and the beautiful natural environment that surrounds the abbey. This project aimed to […]

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 The CCC  ( Creative Community Curators project) invited people to explore the collection at The Cinema Museum, ‘follow their curiosity’ and identify a project or an idea, which were then developed over a number of weeks, culminating in a community exhibition. A project manager, researcher and assistant (student placement) were recruited to support CCC. The project manager […]

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