Jonathan Rowson of the RSA said ‘the essence of the climate change challenge is the wrong kind of energy (fossil fuels) in the wrong kind of economy (fixated with GDP) pursuing the wrong kind of objective (consumption without end)’ In the light of this challenge, and in an increasing number and range of contexts, people […]

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What would you put in a Museum of Fossil Fuels? The Happy Museum invite you imagine what object you would place in a Museum of Fossil Fuels. We invite you to ponder what object would best represent the shift from our fossil fuel dominated present to a more sustainable future and donate it to our new […]

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Measure What Matters Fazeley Studios Birmingham 1st March 2016, 10-5pm Our third Happy Museum ‘Measure What Matters’ event is a holistic look at evaluation in museums.  From tools to transformation, the day will combine practical instruction on Happy Museum tools, whilst applying strategic approach to organisational change. It is targeted at staff who are able […]

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The Happy Museum was delighted to invite Tom Crompton of the Common Cause Foundation to speak at a recent gathering of our 5-Year Study Group of museums.  Tom spoke about the Foundation’s research into Human Values and Frames and opened up a discussion into the implications and opportunities of this work in museums. He observed: […]

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What does exploration of our relationship with the material world offer to museum practice? In the light of global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity and financial instability, Happy Museum challenges museums to rise to the challenge of supporting our transition to a higher-wellbeing, lower consumption society. We have arguably entered a new geological […]

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‘a sustainable future – whatever form or forms it takes – will be decided by people in relation to their cultural traditions and values.’ UNESCO Sustainability Framework The contexts in which we work are increasingly informed by large-scale challenges from social inequality to human-made climate change. At times of change and uncertainty about how we […]

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“Why aren’t we talking about COP21?” is a phrase I have heard exclaimed a fair few times over the past few weeks. Sometimes it  seems as though there are a lot more people talking about Star Wars than a brand new international agreement to combat climate change. However, discussions happening right now, and this blog […]

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