6th November – 16.00 – 17.30 Join our workshop to explore the potential of museums to unleash the power of the imagination in their audiences and communities.  Find out why the power of the imagination could be so vital at this pivotal moment and how unleashing our collective imagination could help shape our museums, our […]

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In May 2020 in the middle of lockdown we held a workshop hosted by Culture Declares programme The Offer in partnership with Common Cause Foundation Watch a RECORDING of the session Covid-19 changed our world in ways that we could never have imagined, and in doing so revealed many anomalies that have challenged us. In […]

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Our greatest need today is to see life as whole, to see its many sides in their proper relations; but we must have a practical as well as a philosophical interest in such an integrated view of life. Patrick Geddes In this session we were invited to explore bioregioning – defined as ‘a land and […]

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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 […]

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Covid-19 has changed our world in ways that we could never have imagined.  The pandemic has had a seismic impact on our world, its impacts exposing questions about what really matters and what our priorities are in the face of adversity, inequality and injustice. Common Cause Foundation (CCF) works with what they call the ‘perception gap’. […]

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Apocryphally former Chinese foreign minister Zhou Enlai, when asked about the impact of the French Revolution, noted that it was ‘too early to say’. Likewise we have no real idea of what the world will look like in the aftermath of Covid-19. All societies effected by the lockdown will be aware of the limitations placed […]

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‘The past few weeks have exposed the fact that the biggest things can always change, at any minute. This simple truth, both destabilising and liberating, is easy to forget. We’re not watching a movie: we’re writing one, together’ Peter C Baker In mid-March Happy Museum launched a new project Museums and the Imperative for Change, […]

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Happy Museum is excited to be a Commissioning Partner in the forthcoming Season for Change 2020 – a nationwide festival of artistic work engaging with the climate and ecological crisis, co-curated with partners across the UK and internationally and timed to coincide with COP 26 in Glasgow. Our partner project will explore museums and the […]

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Read how research at Derby Museums informed work into the intrinsic wellbeing of objects. It was a friend of mine that tipped me off to Happy Museum Project and the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. This was in 2016, as I was underway with my research into humans, objects and wellness that would come to […]

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It is a simple but powerful truth that most people care deeply for other people and the places where they live. But – tragically in our increasingly polarised society – the majority of us underestimate the extent to which our fellow citizens care about these things. Yet when we hold more authentic perspectives of others’ […]

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