The Happy Museum
Revealing our Hidden Histories
Museum stall at the Pride of Dee Park’s Wonderland Tea Party, May 2013
Reading Museum received a Happy Museum Commission to fund a project called ‘Revealing Reading's Hidden Histories’ in 2012-2013. In 2017 Reading Museum became a Happy Museum Affiliate.
Happy Museum is a national initiative looking at how museums can build links between sustainability, happiness and wellbeing. It is funded by Arts Council England’s Renaissance Strategic Support Fund and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
We worked with three Neighbourhood Action Groups and communities in areas of Reading that have suffered from higher levels of crime or anti-social behaviour. The Museum offered residents the chance to explore the history of their neighbourhoods through the collections. By discovering the hidden histories of these areas we challenged perceptions and promoted a more positive sense of place. The project particularly looked at the Dee Park, Orts Road and Oxford Road areas.
The results of this research was shared amongst the broader community of Reading with colourful displays, events and leaflets. You can download the three hidden history leaflets for each neighbourhood below.
Date updated: 15 Mar 2017