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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Since 2011 Happy Museum (HM) has brought together thinking around well-being and sustainability and investigated the particular role of museums in supporting individual, organisational and societal resilience.  It places its work firmly in the context of, and in response to, current global challenges such as climate change and social justice.  In this context we believe […]

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At our Symposium (2014), Founder Director Tony Butler presented a paper – Stewardship, Equity, Flow – reviewing the first three years of the Happy Museum project. ‘As it completes its third iteration, Happy Museum will keep asking people in museums how prepared they are to place themselves alongside the rest of civil society to work […]

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On Wednesday 2nd April, Mandy Barnett, Happy Museum Evaluator, presented on Happy Museum to the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value.   The commission aims to undertake a comprehensive and holistic investigation into the future of cultural value, gathering together the evidence and arguments to energise the debates about the future of investment and […]

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Happy Museum were instrumental in initiating this APPG session, which investigated the role that evidence about wellbeing plays in shaping policy on cultural activities.   Witnesses and members at the House of Commons were: Tony Butler, Happy Museum Daniel Fujiwara, London School of Economics and Happy Museum Charlotte Jones, Independent Theatre Council Alan Davey, Arts Council […]

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A few weeks ago, at the MA Conference in Liverpool, the Happy Museum participated in a fascinating panel discussion.  The session, led by Maurice Davies, ued the MA’s Museums Change Lives as a starting point for imagining the future or museums.  Panellists were invited to imagine a new city was being constructed in the UK, […]

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