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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  The Happy Museum Project are pleased to announce the publication of our first major Learning and Evaluation report. One of the principles of Happy Museum is to ‘measure what matters’, and the report was undertaken in that spirit.It is about learning as much as advocacy, and so explores challenges openly. It aims to find […]

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It seems that across Western Europe communities and municipalities are reassessing what it means to have a good life. This week I was invited to Piedmont in Italy to speak at BESAlessandria to talk about the Museum of East Anglian Life and the Happy Museum. Mine was one of a series of talks held throughout […]

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On April 24th, ‘Happiness Economist‘ Daniel Fujiwara was interviewed by The Voice of Russia World Service in a special programme on Maria Miller’s recent speech on value and the arts entitled, ‘Culture Secretary: Arts Must Prove their Worth.’ Fujiwara discusses his recent Happy Museum Project research report on Museums and Happiness, which can be found […]

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Bees on the roof of Manchester Art Gallery, Love Food Hate Waste Roman food recipes from the Grosvenor Museum in Chester and monitoring electricity use in the Victorian buildings of Warrington Museum are all sustainability actions being taken by Museums in the North West.  On 16 April the Museum Development North West Sustainability conference at […]

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How confident are we in making the link between well-being and environmental sustainability? Catherine Langabeer, Operations Director at Julie’s Bicycle attended the recent Happy Museum Symposium where she posed the following provocation….. My provocation picks up on Tony Butler’s introductory paper’s observation that: “Linking well-being to environmental sustainability is more difficult than it looks….well-being in isolation […]

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At the MA conference this year we led a workshop about Manchester Museum’s Playful Museum project. We wanted to demonstrate how we have begun to put the Happy Museum principles into practice using playful, participatory activities and asking colleagues to adopt our ?What if??’ approach.                 Our project […]

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