‘The wonderfully named Wellbeing of Future Generations Act requires public organisations to consider the long-term implications of their decisions for people and places, culture and communities. It aims to encourage people to think harder about the future and to consider the triple bottom line of environment and society as well economy. In fact, with its […]

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On 3rd April 2019 Happy Museum will join the first wave of cultural organisations declaring climate emergency.  As the accelerating impacts of climate change become increasingly evident it is vital that we face the truth, demand action, support each other and express solidarity with affected communities. Our declaration follows: We Happy Museum declare a Climate and Ecological […]

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“Gave us a completely different perspective on how we think, and a framework within which we can actively curate and communicate to promote the shared ‘compassionate’ values of our visitors and volunteers – and their fellow citizens.  This is crucial in ensuring we remain true to our purpose”. Happy Museum and our community of practice have […]

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Building on our work around Play in Museums over the past 6 years, we’re delighted to announce a new initiative for museums and cultural organisations – a network called Playful Places. Developed from the Happy Museum’s More Playful Museum projects and from Continuing Professional Development programmes focused on Play, this group has been set up […]

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On 5th March 2019 a small but energised group of museum professionals gathered at Woodhorn Colliery Museum to consider how environmental concerns might be focus for connections between a museum and its community.  Museums in the Happy Museum community of practice already tackle subjects as diverse as energy use, waste and recycling, food production and […]

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Relationships with objects are primary to human growth, development and mental health: they are a core element of our psychological metabolism. In therapy, as in museums, as in life, objects are companions in experience; witnesses to the past and present; connectors to people, places and experiences; devices for communion; for holding on and for letting […]

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