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 Happy Museum Project invites you to think about how you and your organisation might play its part in making lasting changes. As you emerge from lockdown, what will you do, and what will you stand for, to contribute positively to society and the environment?

Museums, galleries and heritage sites are much more than visitor attractions. For decades people working in and with the sector have been unhappy that their main measures of success, and often their main sources of income, have been how many people come through the doors. Pre-Covid ‘normal’ was wrecking the planet and stressing-out organisations and their staff. Much of society’s Pre-Covid ‘normal’ papered over profound issues of inequality and social justice.

How might you enact changes which increase the benefit you bring to people, to communities, to the local area and to the planet?

Join these Happy Museum workshops to rethink what your organisations could be, what they could do and how much better they – and you – could be.

Forthcoming sessions

Session 6 – Creative Civic Conversations for Climate with Think and Do, Camden, Manchester Museum, Climate Museum UK and Culure Declares

4th December 15.30 – 17.00 hrs REGISTER HERE

Session 7 – How we might re-think our work and working relationships for good.

Session 8 – From footfall to footprint – measuring the value of our cultural institutions

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Past sessions – read a report and watch the recording

Session 1 – How can Museums Tell a New Story of Place?

Session 2 – Museums in a time of self-reflection

Session 3 – What if Museums could become engine rooms of the imagination?

The series is part of Season for Change, a nationwide campaign and festival of artistic work celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change. Led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin and supported by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Season is co-curated with partners like Happy Museum across the cultural sector.

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