National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing is a place where information about museums and health can be shared; to improve existing practice, help build resilience and provide resources and support for those individuals and organisations working in this area of activity. The Alliance is funded by Arts Council England. To find out more about Arts Council England please go to www.artscouncil.org.uk
Free online course Museums as spaces for wellbeing
The Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing will launch a free online course: Museums as spaces for wellbeing. Available from 29 June 2018. Funded by Arts Council England and Wellcome.
This course is aimed at providing advice, tools and guidance on the steps to take in order to develop, deliver and evaluate health and wellbeing work within a museum, heritage or cultural organisation.
It is aimed at sector professionals and anyone interested in health and wellbeing work in museum, heritage, or cultural organisations. It will be useful for those who have yet to undertake work in this area or are already doing so but would like support in certain aspects of their provision.
The course has six modules:
- An introduction to health and wellbeing
- Partnership and co-creation
- Types of audiences and activities
- Measuring impact
- Organisational change
- Next steps
Each module takes 1-1.5 hours to complete and contains case study films, useful resources and recommended further reading as well as exercises so you can reflect on your own learning and apply it to your own practice.
You can enrol at any time (after 29 June) by visiting here.
Now available our final webinar Core principles of social prescribing and its impact on health and wellbeing and can be accessed here. Presented by Dr Marie Polley co-chair of the Social Prescribing Network.
Our four webinars in the series of five are now available:
Museums, health and wellbeing – methodologies for measuring impact presented by Professor Helen Chatterjee from UCL and Dr Nuala Morse from the University of Leicester. Can be accessed here
Opportunities for arts on prescriptions to improve health inequalities – A health sector perspective presented by Byron Johnson-Brown from Healthy London Partnership. Can be accessed here
Working with art therapists by Ali Coles (Lecturer in Art Psychotherapy, University of South Wales and Art Psychotherapist, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust). Can be accessed here
Sporting heritage, health and wellbeing by Justine Reilly from the Sporting Heritage Network. Can be accessed here
Museums as Spaces for Wellbeing: A Second Report from the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing
Our second report has now been launched and is available to download: Museums as spaces for wellbeing a second report.
It explores in greater depth the development of museums, health and wellbeing work and is based on findings from a second sector-wide survey and other consultation including our 2017 regional training events.
Part 1 illustrates a wide range of creative and innovative provision through case studies. It is organised in six sections to show how the heritage sector is responding creatively to a cultural and policy-making landscape undergoing rapid transformation consequent upon: demographic changes, the cumulative effects of entrenched health inequalities, the growing importance of ‘green wellbeing’ and other key areas.
Part 2 reports in more general terms on how the sector is meeting organisational opportunities and challenges in five areas: new audiences, partnership, evaluation, organisational change and funding.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the report especially those organisations who submitted case studies.
Museums and wellbeing week and third conference
Presentations from the conference can be found below:
Our third Museums for Health and Wellbeing conference took place on 13 March. The programme for the day can be found here: Third Museums for Health and Wellbeing Conference Programme. The new Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance was officially launched at the conference. For more information about the new Alliance which is a merger between National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing please read Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance launch. You can join the new Alliance by visiting the website here.
Thanks to everyone who took part in Museums and Wellbeing Week which took place between 12-18 March 2018. More information can be found about what took place here.
Future Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance announced
The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing are pleased to announce that from April 2018 we will be merging to become a new Sector Support Organisation, the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA). Funded by Arts Council England as part of the National Portfolio Fund 2018-2022, the new organisation will be led by Arts & Health South West. For further information see the press release CHWA Press release FINAL.
All Party Parliamentary Working Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing report published
During 2015–17, the APPGAHW conducted an Inquiry into practice and research in the arts in health and social care, with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice. The Alliance was involved in chairing a round table on museums and health in 2016 which informed the report which can be found here.
The Museums for Health and Wellbeing report outlining our research findings can be downloaded here.
SECOND MUSEUMS FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING CONFERENCE
The second national conference of the National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing was held at the Thackray Museum, Leeds on 6 March 2017. Second Museums for Health and Wellbeing Conference Programme
Presentations from the conference can be found below:
THE FIRST MUSEUMS FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING CONFERENCE
Was held on 2 March 2016, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
Conference delegates during the Object handling for Wellbeing breakout session, photograph (c) Andy Ford