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

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 Museum and Clayground Collective – and in particular a 2015 session where a small group of museum practitioners gathered on a canal boat in Kings ...

Happy Museum – The Story So Far Since 2011 Happy Museum (HM) has stimulated and supported museum practice that places wellbeing within an environmental and future-facing frame, rethinking the role that museums can play in creating more resilient people, places and planet. Core to our work is the principle that human wellbeing now depends on tackling pressing global challenges: resource depletion, climate ...

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 and a Storify of tweets from the event here. 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 ...