Tagged: Health and Wellbeing

Second sector-wide National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing survey

From The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing:

Are you running health and wellbeing provision in your organisation? In 2016, NAMHW carried out a major preliminary survey to map health and wellbeing interventions and innovations in heritage organisations.  It resulted in an online database http://museumsandwellbeing.org/ and the Museums for Health and Wellbeing: A Preliminary Report available at: https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com.  We want to update this information and create a new report to reflect the depth, successes and challenges of this work in the sector.

For more information about the survey click here.

We would be very grateful if you would complete a new survey, which is accessible here.

Save the date!

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing third Museums for Health and Wellbeing conference will take place at Thinktank in Birmingham on 13 March 2018 and Museums and Wellbeing Week from 12-18 March 2018 so start thinking about your events! We will keep you updated about the conference and how to upload your Museums and Wellbeing Week events later in the autumn.


Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) has undertaken a major Inquiry into the role of the arts and culture in health and wellbeing. The Inquiry yielded a substantial report – Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing – providing evidence that creative and cultural activities can have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.1 Creative Health recommends that an individual is designated to take strategic responsibility for the pursuit of institutional policy for arts, health and wellbeing within each local authority. This can be through an existing role or a new one.

To see the full report click here.

New GEM Intermediate Course: Health and Wellbeing

From GEM:

Want to advance your professional development & support wellbeing in your heritage organisation?  Are you already delivering health and wellbeing programmes but are looking for ways to improve or build upon this practice?  Then GEM’s Intermediate Course: Health and Wellbeing might be for you!

In partnership with National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing (NAMHW), the course Health and Wellbeing has been developed as part of GEM’s ACE-funded Learning & Sharing Centre project. Health and Wellbeing is one of five GEM intermediate courses that will address the core competencies identified by GEM, to help raise professional standards in the museum, heritage and cultural sector.

The course is aimed at supporting the professional development of mid-career heritage educators involved with health and wellbeing.

GEM says, “Not just one-day workshops!”  This course will combine a one-day workshop with a few short activities to be completed prior to and after the workshop, which will reinforce and embed your learning.  Working with a passionate peer group, the 6-7-week course will enable participants to reflect on current work to:

  • identify and overcome challenges,
  • reframe other provision as health and wellbeing programmes,
  • and gain inspiration to set up new projects.

The first Health and Wellbeing course will take place in Leicester, with the one-day workshop taking place on Monday 10 July 2017. The two other courses will take place in London (27 November 2017) and Manchester (24 January 2018). 

Places are limited, so book your place now!  For more details please visit the GEM website.

Creative Dementia Arts Network Conference

Tuesday 27th June 2017
Sheffield Hallam University

The sixth Creative Dementia Arts Network conference will deliver a varied programme that blends research with practice, lectures with workshops, and space and time for networking. 

The focus of the conference is Arts, Dance, Music and Dementia: from Professional Practice to Social Prescription. 

Speakers include:

Ming Hung Hsu, MHA, Kate Duncan, Nottingham City Arts, Hannah Robertshaw, Yorkshire Dance, Douglas Noble, Live Music Now, Ben Spiller, 1623 Theatre Company, Richard Coaten, Dance Psychotherapist and John Killick, Poet. 

For all information about booking, travelling and exhibiting, email: info@creativedementia.org or visit: www.creativedementia.org.

Standard delegate rate £150. Voluntary organisations and charities £120. Students and volunteers £25. Self-employed arts practitioners and other professionals £70.

Learning Matters – North West Health and Care Awards 2017

The search is on for people and projects where individual and organisational learning is driving development and transforming the health and care sector in the North West. We want to hear about the part museums can and do play!

Health Education England and Voluntary Sector North West are particularly keen to receive nominations from museums which are working in partnership with either health and /or care partners to deliver innovative project work in the region and to understand this commitment to contributing to individual and community wellbeing. They would like to hear about museum innovation and the people who make this happen. They would also like to hear about how museum work is transforming the lives of the people you touch through your programmes and activity.

These awards will highlight what can be done to enable people to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to play an active role in managing their own health and wellbeing; and how through cross sector, collaborative working partners can effectively support communities and help them harness their assets.

If you want more information on award themes, award categories and how to get nominating now go to: https://www.vsnw.org.uk/nw-health-awards-2017


Thursday 16th February 2017

 9.30-16.30 at the British Museum, London

Join them to explore current age friendly thinking and practice in museums developed through cross-sector collaborations.

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Museums for Health and Wellbeing Conference

Monday 6th March
Thackray Museum, Leeds

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is very pleased to be holding its second conference at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds. The programme will feature speakers from the health, social care and museum sectors who will explore the contribution museums can make to health and wellbeing from a range of different perspectives. This one-day event is aimed at museum professionals looking to develop their health and wellbeing offer as well as those interested in working in partnership with museums including health and social care workers, artists and art-therapy practitioners. 

Tickets are £30 and can be booked by visiting:


Museums and Wellbeing Week

6-12 March 2017

The Alliance is also coordinating the second National Museums & Wellbeing Week from 6 -12 March 2017. This will be an opportunity for museums to showcase their health and wellbeing offer and raise awareness of this valuable area of work. 

Further details of how you can get involved can be found by visiting:


Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme 2017 – Last few places

Museums are increasingly delivering health and wellbeing programmes as part of their core offer and the impact they have can be huge on the participants. This new Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme will look at a number of projects museums in the North West are delivering and will inform participants on how to develop their own.

Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme Workshop 1 – Mindfulness
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Manchester Art Gallery
10:00 – 16:00
One ticket remaining

This first session as part of the programme will focus on the mindfulness work Manchester Art Gallery does as part of their public programmes. During the morning we will hear about the background to the work along with planning and research done and in the afternoon we will experience one of their mindfulness workshops with an artist.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme Workshop 2 – Working in Hospitals
Monday 20th February 2017
Whitworth Art Gallery
11:15 – 16:00
Two tickets remaining

This second session as part of the programme will focus on the the work the Whitworth Art Gallery does with the local hospital service. We will also hear from the national Paintings in Hospitals Programme about the work they to and how you can get involved. Lastly we will have the opportunity to experience one of the sessions that the Whitworth Art Gallery runs with hospital patients.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme Workshop 3 – Dementia
Thursday 16th March 2017
Nantwich Museum
11:00 – 16:00
Six tickets remaining

This final session as part of the programme will focus on the the work the Nantwich Museum does with dementia patients. During the morning we will hear about the background to the work along with planning and research done and in the afternoon we will participate in the excellent Dementia Friend training.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

If you have any questions please contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

What is the Mindful Museum?

From Manchester Art Gallery:

For the past four years we have been developing mindfulness across our learning programmes and with different audiences, we have explored just how this valuable skill can be employed in the appreciation of art. In this way, we have helped people to engage more fully with our permanent collection as well as with our special exhibitions. In encountering familiar works as well as art that is entirely new to them, they have been able to reflect upon the importance of their own mental health.

Our learners

The people we work with are invited to learn, develop and practise it within our gallery walls. Our learners includes adult mental health service users, primary school children, older people, newly qualified teachers and the long-term unemployed. Through our projects and public workshops, we have been helping people to appreciate that mindfulness is both life-long and life-wide. But the most important outcome is that they are encouraged to develop it independently in their everyday lives.

A person may choose to be mindful at home, in their garden or at work and many have told us of the joy that the practice can bring in such settings. Additionally, people have reported on the usefulness of bringing mindful awareness to their workplaces as well as on the value of practising it on a busy tram!

And so the process begins in the gallery but it does not end there; the practice of letting thoughts come and go while looking at a painting, without getting caught up or carried away by them, can be transferred to real life situations.

Adults and communities

Our work with mental health service users saw mindfulness provide a much needed tool they when they were coping with difficult emotions and thoughts. It seems to give people something to draw upon whenever they feel overwhelmed by the events of their day. A resource for recovery on the journey back to good mental health.

In our work with public sector workers, we have seen that mindfulness can help people respond to the challenging changes they face and over which they feel that they have little control.

Our drop-in lunchtime sessions have provided city-workers with important nourishment as well as respite from the noise and over-stimulation of the modern world. This gives them a moment away from the many pressures of their working environments. Mindfulness can be used as a preventative measure, protecting and strengthening  people’s mental health by helping them learn skills to manage stress better and thereby lowering the risk of developing a mental health problem.


Similarly our work with schools has shown that mindfulness can help children to build up emotional resilience and self-worth. Thus empowered, they are more inclined to accept and value themselves for being just the way they are. With a quarter of a million children accessing mental health services in England today, we believe mindfulness is a necessary skill for children and young people today to learn in order to flourish and thrive as adults.

Older people

Older people have told us that mindfulness has helped them to see life in a new way and how they have become more aware of the curious, the strange and the beautiful. They are therefore enriched by the realisation that irrespective of age, there is still so much left to see and appreciate in the world. And they are able to do this with a renewed sense of wonder.

The future

Having integrated mindfulness across our learning strands and with a mindfulness-based public health and wellbeing programme that is accessible to everyone, we would like to share our learning and experience with other museums and galleries. As The Mindful Museum we will raise awareness of the clinical evidence behind the practice and its impact on health, creativity and learning. In our studios, we will share practical ways for other museum and gallery professionals to integrate mindfulness into their programmes through a series of Continued Professional Development sessions. And, of course, we look forward to learning from others so that we can continue to develop our knowledge and improve our understanding in this field.

A mindful city is a healthy, resilient city

Most importantly, we will continue to support people to learn this wellbeing skill so that they can effect real and long-lasting change in their own health and wellbeing. In other words, as The Mindful Museum, we will continue to invite the people of Manchester to be mindful, one painting at a time.


Arts and Dementia Masterclass

Saturday 21 January 2017
Collective Encounters, Liverpool

Over the past 6 year Collective Encounters has amassed considerable experience working in the field of arts and dementia. We have delivered a long-term programme of creative arts workshops with people with dementia and their carers in community and care home settings; toured performances in care homes; developed performance work to be used in a training context for health care professionals and delivered a training programme for carers in how to use the arts more effectively in their work. We have supported this practical work with an extensive research programme that began with a full literature review of academic and grey literature dealing with best practice and the benefits of arts and dementia. Publications include: Arts and Dementia: a summary report, A pocket guide to arts activities for people with dementia and a series of advice sheets for artists.

This is a full-day training session introducing experienced artists to working with people with dementia. Training methodology will involve tutor presentation, group discussion and action learning sets. Participants will be provided with high quality materials to take away with them to support and remind them of their learning.

Find out more and book a place at: