Real Happiness


Lavenham Primary School and the Museum worked together to produce a new exhibition entitled ‘Happy Days’ which was held in the Sunday school area of Gt. Moulton Chapel at the Museum. The exhibition The Final Exhibition
The Final Exhibition
consisted of interpretation and artefacts curated, made and written by the children.

Class Three were asked to think of their ‘happy day’ – the best day they can imagine - and to produce work and choose objects to represent the day. The Museum visited the school to help realise this work and to give guidance on how to produce an exhibition. The school also visited the Museum to see the exhibition space and items from the Victorian period.

Over one term the children researched and discovered what it was like for a child in Victorian Britain – A lesson in the Victorian Classroom
A lesson in the Victorian Classroom
this included a lesson in the Victorian classroom led by a member of the Museum staff. They used this information to produce the second part of the exhibition – a Victorian child’s ‘happy day’. The Museum provided artefacts to go in the display and collected modern objects to represent the children from Lavenham Primary School’s ‘happy day’.

The children decided how the collection was to be exhibited, wrote the labels for the objects and ultimately decided what objects were to be displayed. The Museum provided a session on how to handle artefacts by bringing items from the museum collection to the school and explained how to write object labels.

The exhibition was based around seven areas that have been shown to be important to peoples levels of happiness and wellbeing

  • Friends – being with them, making new ones
  • Family time
  • Learning something new
  • Playing sport
  • Being active
  • Music
  • Playing games with other people

Lavenham School Badge
Lavenham School Badge
The museum suggested areas of the curriculum in which the project would be a useful tool but the teachers at Lavenham Primary School took this one step further and created an entirely cross-curricular project. The areas covered included Art and Design, Citizenship, Numeracy, Literacy, History, Geography and Science.


This exhibition is part of a wider sustainability project delivered through the Rural Museums East Partnership. It is funded by Renaissance East of England.

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