Happy Museum works for the wellbeing of people, place and planet both now and for the future. For us, wellbeing and sustainability are a continuum – a spectrum from personal to planetary. Deep compassion and human values are at the heart of our work.
We are a community of museums and cultural organisations creating change and are committed to people, supporting them to lead and thrive as agents of change, positivity and innovation.
We convene and support those working in museums to enquire into the deep, complex challenges that we face. We create space, focus, provocation and permission to experiment, cutting across disciplines and hierarchies. We encourage people to collaborate and scale up our responses through networked action.
We expand and enrich our thinking with other voices and perspectives from beyond museums through connections with civil society and thought leaders – Common Cause Foundation, Rapid Transition, Ctrl Shift and others.
In all these ways, we raise aspirations, transform attitudes, spark new ideas, and build capabilities and skills. Members of the Happy Museum community have described the programme as:
‘A space to experiment with museum practice, through principles of care, inclusion and collaboration, in a critical time of change.’
‘A light in the darkness.’
‘Expanding my world.’
‘Working from the edge.’
‘Forcing us to do different kinds of collaboration.’