Hilary Jennings

Hilary Jennings
Name: Hilary Jennings

A freelance project manager, Director of the Happy Museum Project, investigating how the museum sector can respond to the challenge of creating a more sustainable future.


Hilary Jennings works freelance across the arts and cultural sectors. In a varied career she has worked with greengrocers, lawyers, pharmacists, teachers, engineers, artists, writers, and (quite literally) butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. She worked for several years as an Associate of the Cultural Leadership Programme and has worked extensively in the craft sector including managing the inaugural Craft Skills Award and serving as Interim Chair of the Craft Industry Board.

She was co-author of MMM’s Sustainable Ability, which mapped approaches to climate change across the cultural sector, and is also a co-founder of the Case For Optimism, a network which creates space for practitioners in the arts and cultural community to maximise their creative response to global challenges. She is currently Director of the Happy Museum Project, which looks at how the museum sector can respond to the challenge of creating a more sustainable future.

She was founder co-chair of Transition Town Tooting and is a Trustee of both the Transition Network and Bioregional, founders of One Planet Living. Her interests include local drama and outdoor swimming.

Hilary is one of our members featuring their work as part of the ClimateCultures Quarantine Connection series. We shared a blog post from her new initiative with the Happy Museum project, Museums and the Imperative for Change — a provocation, on Day 7 of the 40-day series.
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