Wrexham museum

On the 6th December, The Happy Museum was delighted to launch a new report Welsh museums and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, at Ceredigion Museum.  The report shines a spotlight on the ways in which Welsh museums are responding to the goals of the Future Generations Act.

Focusing on the work of six Welsh museums, the report demonstrates the significant contribution museums can make through examples of current or recent practice – as well as detailing the museums’ efforts to develop projects specifically to respond to the Wellbeing goals.

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The report was developed through a partnership between Happy Museum and Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives, Monmouthshire Museums, Cardiff Story Museum, Ceredigion Museum, Oriel Môn and Storiel. The project was supported by the Welsh Government through an accreditation support grant from the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales,

The Act was described by one minister as “the most ambitious piece of legislation that the Welsh Government has ever attempted. It will require a fundamental shift in how we seek to tackle our biggest challenges as a nation.”

Happy Museum project stimulates and supports museum practice that places wellbeing within an environmental and future-facing frame, rethinking the role that museums can play in creating more resilient people, places and planet.  The six Welsh museums worked with the Happy Museum over six months, to deepening their understanding of their Future Generations Act obligations, reviewing the ways in which they were already responding to the goals, and planning new activities and embed ways of working that would take their response to the next level.

The new report draws together all this learning as a resource and inspiration for museums across Wales – and to help them demonstrate their response to meeting the goals of the Act.  DOWNLOAD the report in ENGLISH AND WELSH

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales said, “Welsh museums are already doing so much to support the integrated goals of the Future Generations Act, as the examples on the [report] show….If we are to make museums – places that are typically seen as places that house relics of the past – relevant for the future, we must be innovative in the ways we engage and inspire, and collaborate effectively with the public sector; ensuring we are acting today for a better tomorrow.”

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