Category Archives: sustainability

Some initial thoughts from #HappyMuseum Symposium Snape 2012

There is much to reflect upon following the Happy Museum symposium at Snape in Suffolk. In the coming weeks the Happy Museum project team and commissions will be reporting in greater depth. They’ll interrogate the Happy Museum Manifesto and asking … Continue reading

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The Happy Museum Project – really something else?

As well as an endorsement from Caroline Lucas, the UK’s only Green Party MP, there was some lively interrogation of the Happy Museum Project at the 2011 Museums Association Conference #mueums2011. The notion of connected museums responding to and leading … Continue reading

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My thoughts and paper – Thinking Ahead and Staying Afloat #gem2011 and Collaborating to Compete #mgsconf

During the last few weeks, I’ve been privileged to speak at two really fascinating conferences, one the Group for Education in Museums was in Norfolk, the other hosted by Museums and Galleries Scotland in Edinburgh. Both looked to challenge museums to think hard … Continue reading

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Why Arts Council England shouldn’t re-invent their wheels to distribute Renaissance funding

In England the imminent demise of the Museums Libraries and Archives council (MLA)will  lead to the absorption of some museum delivery into the Arts Council England (ACE). This means that ACE now has the task of deciding how to implement … Continue reading

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What we did during 2009-10

Today was the Museum Of East Anglian Life’s Annual General Meeting. Here is my summary of the most important bits of MEAL’s  work over the last twelve months The years 2009/10 marked a coming of age for the Museum of East … Continue reading

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Can cultural assets inspire the ‘Great Imagining’ of Transition?

On Tuesday last, I spoke at the latest of Mission Money Model seminars, Thriving on Less, at the A Foundation at Rochelle School in Shoreditch. The event challenged people working in culture to respond to a future of low or no … Continue reading

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Why being a Social Enterprise matters to the Museum of East Anglian Life

 For several years the MEAL has described itself as a social enterprise. For many in the museum world social enterprise is an indefinable term. According the UK Social Enterprise Coalition Many commercial businesses would consider themselves to have social objectives, … Continue reading

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