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  • No Going Back peer learning programmeNo Going Back peer learning programme
    About No Going Back In this Happy Museum programme, we seek to build on the particular power of museums to draw on past stories of rapid transition and transformation; and to ...
  • Creative Civic Connections for ClimateCreative Civic Connections for Climate
    In this session we explored how museums can connect with their communities to respond to the climate emergency with immediacy, reciprocity, creativity and fun – using shared and pop up ...
  • ‘What if museums could become engine-rooms of the imagination?‘What if museums could become engine-rooms of the imagination?
    “To imagine is to represent without aiming at things as they actually, presently, and subjectively are. One can use imagination to represent possibilities other than the actual, to represent times ...
  • How can museums tell a new story of place?How can museums tell a new story of place?
    Our greatest need today is to see life as whole, to see its many sides in their proper relations; but we must have a practical as well as a philosophical ...
  • No Going Back conversationsNo Going Back conversations
    Society has changed dramatically. Lockdown and Black Lives Matter protests have blown open any sense of ‘normal’. Now, as museums, galleries and heritage organisations struggle with planning for reopening, the ...
  • Collections, Compassion and Covid-19Collections, Compassion and Covid-19
    Covid-19 has changed our world in ways that we could never have imagined.  The pandemic has had a seismic impact on our world, its impacts exposing questions about what really ...
  • How might museums help us navigate beyond our current crisis?How might museums help us navigate beyond our current crisis?
    ‘The past few weeks have exposed the fact that the biggest things can always change, at any minute. This simple truth, both destabilising and liberating, is easy to forget. We’re ...
  • Museums and the imperative for change – a provocationMuseums and the imperative for change - a provocation
    Happy Museum is excited to be a Commissioning Partner in the forthcoming Season for Change 2020 – a nationwide festival of artistic work engaging with the climate and ecological crisis, ...
  • Museums as conveners in a contested worldMuseums as conveners in a contested world
    ‘Our communities are diverse and complicated. They are muddled and made up of individuals who share, disagree, find common cause or show indifference to each other. Some neighbourhoods are diverse, ...
  • New! Messing About in the Museums Workshop – in Leeds on July 17thNew! Messing About in the Museums Workshop - in Leeds on July 17th
    Don’t miss our playful places next workshop in Leeds which will be talking about Children’s rights, playful adults and play as protest! If you are interested in gaining creative ideas and ...