United Kingdom’s Happy Museum Project Is Serious Business

Happy Museum Project
Happy Museum Project in the UK

The United Kingdom’s “Happy Museum Project” is serious business. Now in its third year, it was launched in April, 2011, to encourage museums to create links with organizations and communities to show how “sustainability and well-being” can lead to long-lasting cultural change.

Monetary awards have been given every year to several museums whose programs help the community in various ways, such as in education or the environment. Six awards were given to museums each of the first two years. This year, 10 museums have received awards, bringing the total membership to 22. Seven of the 2013 winners are in England: the Slough Museum, Torquay Museum, Woodhorn Charitable Trust, The Royal West of England Academy, WAVE: The Museums, Galleries, and Archives of Wolverhampton, Derby Museum, and Kirkstall Abbey. The three in Wales are Abergavenny Museum, Narberth Museum, and Ceredigion Museum.

The project is funded by the Arts Council England’s Renaissance Strategic support fund and CyMAL, Wales. CyMAL is a government organization that helps museums, libraries, and archives protect and promote Welsh history and culture. This phase had over $156,000 (¬£100,000) to divide among this year’s recipients, selected for a variety of programs including the health benefits of comedy, using arts and crafts to explore¬†history and culture while encouraging creativity, and science and the environment.

Happy Museum Project

Seven of the 2013 winners are in England: the Slough Museum, Torquay Museum, Woodhorn Charitable Trust, The Royal West of England Academy, WAVE: The Museums, Galleries, and Archives of Wolverhampton, Derby Museum, and Kirkstall Abbey. The three in Wales are Abergavenny Museum, Narberth Museum, and Ceredigion Museum.

The United States offers educational grants to museums at both the state and federal level. One of the leading federal grants is given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Its purpose is to encourage libraries and museums to promote learning through education, innovation, culture and civic responsibility.

An annual award, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, is presented by the IMLS to U.S. organizations that exemplify service to communities, individuals, and families. The winners for 2013 were announced in May at a ceremony in the White House East Room. First Lady Michelle Obama and IMLS Director Susan Hildreth made the awards’ presentation.

Written by: Cynthia Collins, Senior Museum Correspondent

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