The Happy Museum creates, tests and shares it’s practice through:
- Action research working with museums across the UK through a 5-Year Study and funded commissions in 22 museums forming a core to a growing community of practice.
- Fostering peer-learning and space for deeper and more innovative thinking across the community of practice through the creation and dissemination of a suite of case studies, tools and resources.
- Sharing learning within and beyond the museum sector through press, social media, presentations at conferences and events in the UK and abroad and a programme of events and symposia.
- Underpinning evaluation using The Story of Change model alongside ground-breaking econometric research with Daniel Fujiwara of the LSE (Museums and Happiness – the Value of Participating in Museums and the Arts) and a major research programme – the LIFE survey, which explores how museums create well-being, and how significant that well-being is.
In Spring 2015 we launched an ambitious 5-Year Plan with the aim of making Wellbeing and Sustainability as familiar and relevant to museum thinking as Learning and Participation. Keys part of this programme are an depth 5-year study working with six museums across the UK and a new Affiliate Scheme to be launched in autumn 2016.
“Being part of the Happy Museum Project acted as a catalyst for a new way of working that strengthened our resolve and gave us confidence.” Beaney House, Canterbury