Manchester Museum has announced the launch of a new book promoting play in museum space, setting down key ideas for changing or improving how museums and galleries approach play.  The book is aimed at the museum and cultural sector.

The book, Rules for a Playful Museum, has been funded by the Happy Museum, an organisation bringing together thinking around well-being and sustainability, investigating the roles of museums in supporting individual, organisational and societal resilience.  The Happy Museum, established just four years ago, has been been promoting the principles of wellbeing, valuing the environment, and encouraging active citizenship has identified the vital link between sustainability and well-being.  In the short space of time since its inception the Happy Museum has funded creative interventions in 22 museums, developed a major new research programme and presented papers internationally.  Additionally, it has also had great influence over policy thinking around the role of culture and museums through its effect on Government consultations.

Following a nine-month collaboration, the book is set to be launched on 2 June and visitors to the museum can sign up to attend the launch via  The event, running from 2pm until 5.30pm will include a sustainability tour of the Whitworth, Launch of the Happy Museum programme and launch of the book itself.

The museum is also launching a new website to accompany the Rules for a Playful Museum and the book itself will be made available for download from the website.

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