This No Going Back conversation took place at a time of many emergencies and injustices beyond the pandemic itself – the climate emergency; biodiversity loss; social inequality; systemic racism; radicalization and extremism. In the words of Dr Toullah Oni, how could ‘back to normal’ be an aspiration, or desirable, ‘when normal was not ok to […]

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Together, Julie’s Bicycle and Happy Museum seek to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and climate resilient cultural sector which fosters the wellbeing of people, place and planet. As part of our collaboration and partnership, we are happy to confirm the members of the Happy Museum Steering Group who will work with Julie’s Bicycle to […]

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Inviting you to consider joining the Steering Group of Happy Museum Happy Museum invites people to think afresh about the role of museums by asking fresh questions; offering different perspectives and responses; and stimulating and supporting change towards our vision: To re-imagine museums for a sustainable future by fostering wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth. […]

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Happy Museum are delighted to announce our new collaboration and partnership with Julie’s Bicycle. Together, Julie’s Bicycle and Happy Museum seek to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and climate resilient cultural sector which fosters the wellbeing of people, place and planet. We do so by advocating for the role of culture in transforming the […]

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About No Going Back In this Happy Museum programme, we seek to build on the particular power of museums to draw on past stories of rapid transition and transformation; and to inspire museums and their communities to shape new stories and actions to address the climate and ecological emergency: How have people adapted and innovated […]

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In this session we explored how museums can connect with their communities to respond to the climate emergency with immediacy, reciprocity, creativity and fun – using shared and pop up spaces as places for encounter and connection. We investigated what might be gained by connecting the power of top down civic delivery with the energy […]

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“To imagine is to represent without aiming at things as they actually, presently, and subjectively are. One can use imagination to represent possibilities other than the actual, to represent times other than the present, and to represent perspectives other than one’s own.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. In this session we explored the potential of museums […]

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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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