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How Museums can Help to Shape the Future of Wales

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A report that shines a spotlight on the many ways that Welsh museums are responding to the goals of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act was recently launched at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth.

Focusing on the work of six Welsh museums, the Happy Museum report, ‘Welsh museums and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act’, shows the significant contribution museums can make through examples of current or recent practice.

It also details the museums’ efforts to develop projects to respond to the wellbeing goals.

Ceredigion Museum curator, Carrie Canham said:

“It’s an honour to have had such an important document for museums throughout Wales launched at Ceredigion Museum.

“Ceredigion Museum has been a Happy Museum partner for some years now. They’ve supported us to deliver projects that have had a positive impact on local people’s lives, so it’s great to put that in the context of the ground-breaking Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015.

“This report shows how we, and other museums in Wales, are ahead of the game in responding to the act and how much we have to contribute to the wellbeing of our nation.”

The report was developed through a partnership between Happy Museum and Ceredigion Museum, Monmouthshire Museums, Cardiff Story Museum, Oriel Môn, Storiel and Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives.

The project was supported by the Welsh Government through an accreditation support grant from the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales.

Director of Happy Museum Project, Hilary Jennings said:

“The Future Generations Act in Wales is an exemplary piece of legislation and museums in Wales are responding across the board to its seven goals.

“We hope that the work of these Welsh museums will provide inspiration for the potential of museums worldwide to work in support of the wellbeing of people, place and planet.”

Happy Museum Project supports museum practice that puts wellbeing within an environmental and future-facing frame. It rethinks 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 deepen their understanding of their obligations to the act. They also looked at the ways that they were already responding to the goals, planning new activities and embedding ways of working that would improve how they meet the goals of the Act.

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.

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