Between 6-8th February, 45 attendees made their way to the beautiful Trafford Hall in Chester for the second Happy Museum symposium. Commissioned projects, speakers, and guests from across the museum, culture and environment sectors came together to discuss issues including related to how museums can foster individual wellbeing, resilience, stronger communities and environmental sustainability. Here, […]
The word I used when asked to sum up the Happy Museum Symposium on Friday was ‘proud’. However reflecting on it a few days later on a miserable wintry evening, one word seems woefully insufficient. The ideas of active citizenship, resilience and coproduction explored at the symposium are fresh on my lips. I can ‘be […]
Clive Ardagh of Onward Productions has put together this great compilation of symposium footage – we hope it gives you a flavour of the event. Happy Museum Symposium 2013 Watch out for Clive’s short film of the Happy Museum Project coming out shortly!
Notes of a discussion of this principle from the Happy Museum paper at the Symposium This principle inspired a wide-ranging discussion. The starting point was the kind of relationship with which, whether as a museum or funder, we were all familiar – a partnership, probably established for a particular project, perhaps motivated by the need […]
It was acknowledged that resilience was often pigeon-holed as a funding issue and it was key to see resilience in a broader context of global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity and fiscal instability ? and to look at residence beyond the doors of the institution. In that context, how can museums support individual, […]
Here is a summary of this Happy Museum Paper principle at the symposium ?Think global, act local’, should be a guide for museums in transition. Whilst most museums might best support well-being in a specific locality, all could increase the extent to which they make international links, use digital tools to reach wider audiences and […]
The following is a summary of discussion of this principle at the 2012 symposium How do we decide what matters? Different things matter to different people. It’s important to decide what matters to your project from the beginning and remember, you don’t have to measure everything! How do we measure? Using what methods? At the […]
We will shortly be publishing a full report on the first Happy Museum Symposium held in Suffolk last week – but in the meantime the following piece by Tony Butler (published on Guardian Cultural Professionals HERE) and the various blogs referenced within are a good starting point to the challenging discussions that took place. Last […]