Our latest news and events.

  • Report of the 2018 Happy Museum Symposium       Between 24 and 26 April over 60 members of the Happy Museum community of practice gathered with the HM team, trustees, partners and supporters in the beautiful setting of Stoke Rochford ...
  • Say it in Clay SAY IT IN CLAY was a session led by Lucy Neal and Michael Martin from Encounters at the Happy Museum’s 4th Symposium.  The session’s genesis lay in previous collaborations between Happy ...
  • Wellbeing can be perceived as ‘fluffy’ Happy Museum Director, Hilary Jennings looks at developments in the programme in the context of a changing sector and a changing world. Since 2011 Happy Museum (HM) has stimulated and supported ...
  • Values for Stronger Communities – Workshop 9th July, London Most people care deeply for other people and the places where they live. This is a simple but powerful, and typically underestimated, truth. But – paradoxically – the majority of us ...
  • Happy Museum – an international perspective 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 ...
  • New Horizons: Happy Museum International Since 2011 Happy Museum has supported the development of museum people and practice, placing wellbeing within an environmental and future-facing frame, and rethinking the role that museums can play in ...
  • Model communities as museums – and museums as model communities Ruth Quinn explores the links between Happy Museum thinking and her research work at the Victorian model village at Saltaire World Heritage Site. The Mental Health Museum (MHM) in Wakefield stands ...
  • Building soft power in Reading 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 ...
  • From Museums to Zoos 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 ...
  • Design for Wellbeing 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 ...