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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Museums 2020 is the Museums Association’s initiative to create a bold vision for UK museums and their impact – the difference museums can have on individuals, communities, society and the environment.  The consultation document and subsequent discussions both on and offline can be found here. The Happy Museum Project welcomes the Museums 2020 consultation as […]

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