Tony Butler, one of the founders of the Happy Museum project, makes the case for an international affiliate scheme There’s been international interest in the Happy Museum project since it was first launched in the UK over seven years ago. Since then, as I and others involved have travelled in Europe and beyond, we’ve inevitably […]

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Brendan Carr of Reading Museum describes how their Happy Museum work raised the museum’s profile and helped it get involved in shaping the city’s future. Our first Happy Museum Project commission helped to raise the profile of Reading Museum, which led to the museum becoming involved in the Reading 2050 visioning project as a trusted […]

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Charlotte Smith moved from the museums and galleries sector to Chester Zoo. Here she reflects on Happy Museum thinking and the different models of community engagement the zoo uses in its conservation campaigns. My Happy Museum experience at Imperial War Museum North (read about it here) played a role in awakening my inner activist. I […]

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NEF’s Five Ways to Wellbeing and Happy Museum thinking inspired a series of events on well-being and design at the Design Museum, writes producer Bernard Hay. One of the many changes inspired by the Design’s Museum’s move to its new home in the former Commonwealth Institute Building has been the goal to integrate a new […]

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The Happy Museum Project are pleased to announce the publication of our third Learning and Evaluation Report (Sep 17)  produced by Flow Associates.  The full report and a short summary can be found below. The report expands on our earlier reports Learning & Evaluation Report (Sept 14) and  Learning & EvaluationReport (Sep13)

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Research shows most of us care deeply about one another and the world around us, valuing things like equality, community and friendship. However, the large majority of us underestimate the extent to which our fellow citizens care about these things – and it seems that this misperception is holding us back both individually and collectively. Cultural organisations […]

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Since 2012 Happy Museum has worked to re-imagine the purpose of museums as stewards of people, place and planet, supporting wellbeing and building resilience in the face of global challenges.  The project is informed by six key principles which underpin the work of growing community of practice. To date this activity has been predominantly in […]

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Measure What Matters, Fazeley Studios Birmingham 13th June 2017, 10-5pm Our annual Happy Museum ‘Measure What Matters’ event is a holistic look at evaluation in museums. From tools to transformation, the day combines practical instruction on Happy Museum tools, whilst applying strategic approach to organisational change. It is targeted at staff who are able to […]

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