In placing our focus on the wellbeing of people, place and planet, Happy Museum has from its outset explored what we value as a society, how we measure it and the particular contribution of culture. Merely counting visitor numbers tells us nothing of the quality of their experiences and, working with the principle ‘measure what […]

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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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In January 2019, our Affiliate Chester Zoo hosted a session for the Happy Museum (HM) Community of Practice  exploring the subject of Co-Production for Social Change. The workshop was an experiment for the HM community – offering the host, Chester Zoo, the opportunity to explore a question of interest to its team, with input from […]

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We hear from Rowan Guthrie and Jane Cockcroft about their experience of playful interventions at the Ashmolean The Ashmolean Museum is an affiliate of the Happy Museum. Over the last year, we have been involved in a series of training days which have helped to shape our thinking about the importance and potential of play […]

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Research shows most of us care deeply about one another and the world around us, valuing things like equality, community and friendship. However, the large majority of us underestimate the extent to which our fellow citizens care about these things – and it seems that this misperception is holding us back both individually and collectively. Cultural organisations […]

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What would you put in a Museum of Fossil Fuels? The Happy Museum invite you imagine what object you would place in a Museum of Fossil Fuels. We invite you to ponder what object would best represent the shift from our fossil fuel dominated present to a more sustainable future and donate it to our new […]

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