Real Happiness

Happiness Events

Over the last three years the museum has held events with a happiness and social sustainability theme

The Good Life Festival


In May 2009, a number of community groups, local producers, clubs, societies and charities gathered at the Museum of East Anglian Life for the Good Life Festival. The idea behind the festival was to show the number and variety of groups in the local area that rely on volunteers or contribute to Suffolk’s social sustainability and to promote their work. We also showed our visitors things to do that do not cost a lot of money but that can improve wellbeing. For example, The Suffolk Smallholders who grow and raise their own food, volunteering at the museum, and V-Involved which encourages young people to volunteer as volunteering can increase self esteem and hobbies, and groups such as the Young Farmers and the Girl Guides.

Embrace Life

Embrace Life was a joint event with Activities Unlimited, a charity that helps young people with disabilities to get involved with activities across the UK, and other charities that promote participation. In was held on the back lawn of Abbot’s Hall, a Queen Anne country house on the museum site, in June 2009. Lots of organisations that are involved in ‘things to do’ attended and showed visitors what is available to do for little or no money.

Happy MEAL

Having fun at the Happy Meal event
Having fun at the Happy Meal event
This event was also supported by Activities Unlimited and had exhibitors from both the Good Life Festival and Embrace Life. It was held on the lawn of Abbot’s Hall. Organisations involved included Stowmarket Leisure Centre, a local martial arts club, a dog agility club and local producers. There was a bouncy castle, face painting and healthy fruit kebabs! The atmosphere was very much like a village fete.


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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