The Happy Museum held an annual Symposium each year between 2012 and 2014.  These events brought together members of the growing Happy Museum Community of Practice with key thinkers from museums, galleries, economics, wellbeing and the wider cultural sector to help think through the challenges and potential for museums and galleries in a ‘transition’ to a high well-being, sustainable future.   Summary reports from the three events can be found here:

Symposium 1 – January 2012, East Anglia

Symposium 2 – February 2013, Cheshire

Symposium 3 – March 2014, Lincolnshire

Links to a blogs and reports from the three events can also be found below.

Symposia

Third Symposium 2014 Between 27th-28th March 2014, more than 60 participants gathered in the spectacular setting of Stoke Rochford Hall in Grantham to review the experiences, learning and impact achieved since the Happy Museum Project was launched in 2011 – and to set the direction for the next phase of the Project in 2014 and beyond. Rupert Widdicombe’s report, ...

Second Symposium 2013 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. Sian Thurgood and Ailsa ...

First Symposium 2012 The first Happy Museum Symposium  was held in Suffolk in January 2012 see here for the full Happy Museum Symposium Report In addition the following piece by Tony Butler was published shortly afterwards on Guardian Cultural Professionals and the various blogs referenced within are a good starting point to the challenging discussions that took place. Last March ...

Stewardship, Equity, Flow – the Happy Museum report by Tony Butler Symposium 2014 At our Symposium (2014), Founder Director Tony Butler presented a paper – Stewardship, Equity, Flow – reviewing the first three years of the Happy Museum project. ‘As it completes its third iteration, Happy Museum will keep asking people in museums how prepared they are to place themselves alongside the rest of civil society to work towards ...

Happiness is…? Report by Frances Reed – Symposium 2014 Share aggressively, steal with pride and none is as smart as all of us. It was under the guidance of these messages that the Happy Museum Project held its 2 day conference at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham. The Happy Museum Project (HMP) re-imagines what museums can be and prompts both museum professionals and audiences to rethink the ...