Category Archives: well-being and happiness

Total Football, Total Museums

I need little encouragement to try and draw parallels between football and museums. The sad death of Johan Cruyff last week, caused me to reflect on the wonderful Dutch team of the 1970s. With Cruyff as captain and under the … Continue reading

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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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To embed participation, museums could learn from mental health

The recent publication of Bernadette Lynch’s research into participation and engagement in museums throws down the gauntlet to both museums and their funders. Published by Paul Hamlyn Foundation Whose Cake is it Anyway concludes that: Despite presenting numerous examples of … Continue reading

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Searching for a Happiness Associate

Over the last few years I’ve been exploring how museums can both stimulate social relationships and ultimately make people happier.  MEAL’s Social Enterprise has both improved people’s skills and capabilities but also created new social networks for which the museum … Continue reading

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Can a museum ‘Re-imagine’ our relationship to things

In previous blogs I suggested ways in which museums could be part of a re-crafting of a world where climate change and peak oil has limited our capacity for economic growth. A low carbon future is imagined where prosperity relies … Continue reading

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