Our latest news and events.

  • Materialism degrades matter, can museums rise it up? What does exploration of our relationship with the material world offer to museum practice? In the light of global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity and financial instability, Happy Museum ...
  • Ethics (and Values): The Only Way? ‘a sustainable future – whatever form or forms it takes – will be decided by people in relation to their cultural traditions and values.’ UNESCO Sustainability Framework The contexts in which ...
  • Why aren’t we talking about COP21? “Why aren’t we talking about COP21?” is a phrase I have heard exclaimed a fair few times over the past few weeks. Sometimes it  seems as though there are a ...
  • Measuring What matters- the metrics of sustainability Thanks to Rachael Rogers at Abergavenny Museum for prompting potentially one of our most influential developments in the  UK museums sector. Rachael asked us if there were any KPIs (Key Performance ...
  • Culture Sport and Wellbeing – Happy Museum response to 2015 DCMS analysis The DCMS have recently published a report Culture, Sport and Wellbeing, and analysis of the Taking Part Survey which focuses on the extent to which engagement with culture and sport ...
  • Happy Museum launches 5-Year Study The Happy Museum are embarking on an in-depth 5 year study with a small group of museums, investigating the impact of wellbeing and sustainability on individual, organisational and community resilience. The ...
  • Waste Not…. the anti-upgrading exhibition 2015 – report ‘Our enormously productive economy demands we make consumption a way of life’. This is a quote from 1955 on the wall of a recent exhibition at The Lightbox (supported by Happy ...
  • Happy Museum Evaluation Report – September 2014 The Happy Museum Project are pleased to announce the publication of our second  Learning and Evaluation Report (Sep 14) . One of the principles of Happy Museum is to ‘measure ...
  • Where’s Reading Heading – project update In August 2014, Reading Museum received a second commission from the Happy Museum to build on the earlier success of its Revealing Reading’s Hidden Histories project (also, see here). The ...
  • Launch of the Happy Museum 5-Year Plan – 2015 Since 2011 Happy Museum (HM) has brought together thinking around well-being and sustainability and investigated the particular role of museums in supporting individual, organisational and societal resilience.  It places its ...