Value the environment and be a steward of the future as well as the past is one of the Happy Museum Principles – for relevant tools and resources see links below.

Why?  In the light of global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity and financial instability, seek ways to support transition to a higher-wellbeing, lower carbon and consumption society.

What?  Lead by example, in the care of people, place and planet

Value and protect natural and cultural environments and be sensitive to the impact of the museum and its visitors upon them. Collections and the environment can be seen as part of the same ‘Museum ecology’ – its cultural and natural resources. Focus on quality and don’t be seduced by growth for its own sake. Contribute responsibly to the social, cultural and economic vitality of the local area and wider world. Acknowledge the legacy contributed by previous generations and pass on a better legacy of collections, information and knowledge to the next generation. Manage buildings and collections well, so that they will be an asset that is valued by future generations, not a burden.

How? Learn the social and financial benefits of being lean and green

“Working on this project has made us realise that environmental sustainability is at the heart of the story the museum tells about development and change in the local community, and is important for its own sustainable long term operation.”

Godalming Museum

Museum Case Studies

Some case studies where this principle was tested out in practice.

Themed Case Studies

Here is a themed case study focusing on this principle.


Some tools you might like to use.

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      • Valuation DIY
        Valuation DIY A fun, workshop approach reviewing outcomes by prioritising or valuing outcomes. Valuation DIY is ...
      • Observational evaluation
        Observational evaluation An in-gallery approach to predefined indicators of outcomes. Observational evaluation involves researchers observing participants in ...
      • Narrative evaluation
        Narrative evaluation A desk work approach to identifying themes including how frequently they recur, by analysing ...
      • Embedded evaluation
        Embedded evaluation A variety of in-gallery, open approaches which might be fun, embedded in the exhibition ...