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Happy Museum launches it's five-year plan

Since 2011 Happy Museum (HM) has brought together thinking around well-being and sustainability and investigated the particular role of museums in supporting individual, organisational and societal resilience.  

In late 2014 they gathered the core HM team together to look forward at the future of HM thinking and activity and to consider what our longer term plans should be.  The HM team agreed to focus their activity on the development of a 5-year programme at the completion of which, they intend to disband.  The programme aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Well-being and Sustainability are as familiar and relevant to museum thinking as Learning and Participation.
  • Through a focus on Well-being and Sustainability we will have played a key part in supporting organisational resilience in the museum sector.
  • In turn museums will have supported the development of resilience in their staff and communities and in wider society as a whole.
  • The value of culture in developing a sustainable global future will be better recognised.

To support these ambitious aims, they have drafted a Happy Museum 5 year plan detailing a programme of activity working with new and existing partners and supported by a broad base funding base.  This plan is underpinned by their ongoing Story of Change, and will be adapted and refined throughout the life of the programme.

In this first year, the Happy Museum Project is working with People United to help establish a structure, plans and partnerships to enable them to deliver our aims to 2020. 

Find out more about the Happy Museum project here

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