The Happy Museum Project


Green Ways from Yesterday

‘Green Ways from Yesterday’ was a Happy Museum Project that aimed to capture sustainable skills and practices from the experiences of older people, and celebrate the contribution these can make to a more sustainable future.

With a focus on 1940s ‘make do and mend’ thinking, the Museum worked with local community groups, charities, crafts people and food producers to share environmentally-friendly ways of living that are relevant to today.

How to…

Coming soon – Using top tips from Museum Friends and volunteers, the Young Volunteers Club produced a ‘how to’ video on being green around your home and garden.

Green Museum

Explore traditional practices around the Museum with our sustainability guide for adults or our ‘Go Green’ trails for kids. We have also created Eco Explorer backpacks for families through the project, which can be borrowed from our Visitor Information Centre.

‘Go Green and Carry On: 1940s Ideas for Today’

The project culminated in an event weekend in March 2013, which celebrated inspirational ideas on being green, traditional skills and local produce. As well opportunities to try a range of crafts and purchase delicious food, Vintage Sweethearts Harry & Edna presented exhibitions on ‘War on Waste’ and ‘Fashion on the Ration’ whilst Fiona Harrison, “A Voice in a Million”, entertained visitors and exhibitors with a 1940s dance.

With thanks to: Change4Chalfont, Rickmansworth & District U3A, South Bucks U3A, Little Chalfont Nature Park Action Group, Workaid, David Rodgers, Orchard View Farm, Ten Mile Menu, Cherish Chocolates and Chalfont Chillies.

The Happy Museum Project
Launched in April 2011, the Happy Museum Project is a pioneering programme that looks at how museums in the UK can build links between sustainability, happiness and wellbeing to leave a legacy of long-term cultural change within their organisations and communities. It is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England. Chiltern Open Air Museum is one of 12 museums commissioned to test out these ideas. You can discover more about the other projects by visiting the Happy Museum Project website.



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