The 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
Second sector-wide National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing (NAMHW) survey
If you are a museum, cultural or heritage organisation and are running health and wellbeing provision we would like to hear from you. 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 and the Museums for Health and Wellbeing: A Preliminary Report (see below).
We would like to update our database and include this information in our second report and would be very grateful if you would complete a new survey, which is accessible via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NAMHWsecondsurvey
For more information about the survey please see Introduction to second survey.
Save the date!
Our 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. To see examples of last year’s events please visit 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
MUSEUMS & WELLBEING WEEK
The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing coordinated the second National Museums & Wellbeing Week from 6 -12 March 2017. This was an opportunity for museums to showcase their health & wellbeing offer and raise awareness of this valuable area of work. Further details of the events which took place in the week can be found here