Learn for Resilience is one of the Happy Museum Principles – see below for relevant tools and resources

Why?  Communities who learn together become more resilient. As Barbara Heinzen identifies in How Societies Learn resilience and adaptation come from learning gained in small diverse groups, project by project over time.

How? Encourage learning in all it’s myriad forms

Museums enable individuals and communities to learn together. Museum learning is already all the things much orthodox learning is not: curiosity driven; non-judgmental; non-compulsory; engaging; informal and fun. The people needed in the future will be resilient, creative, resourceful and empathetic systems-thinkers, exactly the kind of capacities museum learning can support. Museums have the potential to lead in developing our understanding of why and how education needs to change to bring about these capacities

What?  Encourage learning across and between communities using the collections as a catalyst and the museum as a host.

Museum Case Studies

Some case studies where this principle was tested out in practice.

Themed Case Studies

Here is a themed case study focusing on this principle.


Tools you might like to use.

      Review for organisations

      • Valuation DIY
        Valuation DIY A fun, workshop approach reviewing outcomes by prioritising or valuing outcomes. Valuation DIY is ...
      • Observational evaluation
        Observational evaluation An in-gallery approach to predefined indicators of outcomes. Observational evaluation involves researchers observing participants in ...
      • Narrative evaluation
        Narrative evaluation A desk work approach to identifying themes including how frequently they recur, by analysing ...
      • Embedded evaluation
        Embedded evaluation A variety of in-gallery, open approaches which might be fun, embedded in the exhibition ...