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Museums as hosts in a divided society

15 November 2017
1.00pm - 6.30pm


One Day Seminar/Conference


We are confronted on a daily basis by evidence of divisions in our society and communities. These divisions crystallised last year in the Referendum vote and continue in the debate over the Brexit process and outcome.

This Happy Museum workshop builds on a previous event to investigate the psychology and neuroscience behind societal divisions and investigate the particular role of museums and cultural organisations in building empathy and connection.

‘I think this is going to affect my work profoundly - in fact I have found myself thinking differently in ALL aspects of life since the workshop.’ previous delegate

We will learn about work in Manchester Museum and the wider city which builds on these insights to build shared connections and to promote civic participation, community resilience, and wellbeing.

It brings together thinking from neuropsychologist Kris De Meyer in relation to the psychology of the referendum and how in building our beliefs we may have become more divided. Meanwhile Tom Crompton of Common Cause investigates our values and considers what we share, as well as what divides us. The workshop will be hosted by Gaby Porter, Chair of the Happy Museum.

The event will take a workshop format with ample time for discussion.

Lunch will not be provided but there will be light refreshments during the afternoon. Delegates to the MA conference can attend before joining the conference reception in the Whitworth Gallery at 7pm.

‘I really appreciated the risk which this workshop took in subject matter, expertise and format. The risk was really worth taking.’ previous delegate

For more background read this blog from Tony Butler and a report of our successful workshop in Derby this February which considered the role of museums in supporting cohesion in post-Brexit communities.


Manchester Museum

Booking Info

We are charging a nominal price of £40 to defray our costs for this event, however if the ticket price will prevent you from attending please get in touch with us at happymuseumproject@gmail.com to discuss concessions.



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