Books & Articles


Clift, S. & Camic, P. M. (eds.) (2016) Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing: International Perspectives on practice, policy and research. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.

Landscape, well-being and environment (2013) – A collection of studies around different aspects of environment, landscape and well-being to consider current approaches to wellbeing research and practice. Special attention to the chapter “Culture’s Place in Well-being: Measuring museum well-being interventions”.

Museums, health and wellbeing (2013)- In this book, Helen Chatterjee and Guy Noble draw together existing research and best practice in the area of museum interventions in health and social care and offer a detailed overview of outcomes, benefits and challenges.

Re-representing disability: Activism and agency in the museum (2010)- This book addresses issues surrounding disability representation in museums and galleries, a topic which is receiving much academic attention and is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for practitioners working in wide-ranging museums and related cultural organisations.

The caring museum: New models of engagement with ageing (2015)- In this volume leading museum and gallery professionals in the UK, USA, Europe and Australasia share their experience and provide insights on how to respond to the changes which population ageing brings. This is NOT a passive collection of positive stories but one which recognises the ups and downs of making the effort to engage with older people.

The participatory museum by Nina Simon – A guide for museums to working with community members and visitors. For access to the full book please click here.

The social work of museums (2009) –  Lois H. Silverman forges a framework of key social work perspectives to show how museums are evolving a needs-based approach to provide what promises to be universal social service.

Touch in Museums: Policy and practice in object handling (2008) – Touch in Museums presents an overview of object handling from historical and scientific perspectives. The book aims to establish a framework for understanding the role of object handling for learning, enjoyment, and health.


Please note that access to articles normally requires institutional membership. Check the affiliations that your organisation may have, or visit your local library. Also try searching online by title, as the article may be available in other databases. The following articles are arranged in alphabetical order.

Ander, E.E., Thomson, L.J., Blair, K., Lanceley, A., Menon, U. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2013). Using museum objects to improve wellbeing in psychiatric and rehabilitation patients. British Journal of Occupational Psychology, 76(5): 208-216.

Ander, E.E., Thomson, L.J. Blair, K. Noble, G., Menon, U. Lanceley, A., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2013). Using museum objects to improve wellbeing in mental health service users and neurological rehabilitation clients. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76 (5), 208-216.

Ander, E.E., Thomson, L.J., Lanceley, A., Menon, U., Noble, G., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2011). Generic Wellbeing Outcomes: Towards a conceptual framework for wellbeing outcomes in museums. Museum Management and Curatorship, 26(3): 237-259.

Ander, E.E., Thomson, L.J., Lanceley, A., Menon, U., Noble, G., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2012). Heritage, health and wellbeing: Assessing the impact of a heritage focused intervention on health and wellbeing. International Journal of Heritage Studies. 19(3): 229-242.

Arts & Health journal special issue: Culture, museums & wellbeing (7,  2, 2015)

Betts, D. J., Potash, J. S., Luke, J. J. & Kelso, M. (2015). An art therapy study of visitor reactions to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Museum Management and Curatorship, 30(1), 21-43.

Blakeman, J.R. Samuelson, S.J., & McEvoy, K.N. (2013). Analysis of a silent voice a qualitative inquiry of embroidery created by a patient with schizophrenia. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 51 (6), 38-45.

Bohlmeijer, E., Roemer, M., Cuijpers, P., & Smit, F. (2015). The effects of reminiscence on psychological well-being in older adults: A meta-analysis. Arts and Health, 7(3): 187-201.

Bolwerk, A., Mack-Andrick, J., Lang, F.R., Dörfler, A., & Maihöfner, C. (2014). How art changes your brain: Differential effects of visual art production and cognitive art evaluation on functional brain connectivity, PLoS ONE, 9 (7).

Brown, J.K. (2014). Connecting health and natural history: A failed initiative at the American Museum of Natural History, 1909-1922. American Journal of Public Health, 104 (10): 1877-1888.

Brown, J.L., Macdonald, R., & Mitchell, R. (2015). Are people who participate in cultural activities more satisfied with life? Social Indicators Research, 122 (1), 135-146.

Camic, P.M., Baker, E.R., & Tischler, V. (2015). Theorizing how art gallery interventions impact people with dementia and their caregivers. The Gerontologist, 1-10.

Camic, P., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2013). Museums and art galleries as partners for public health interventions. Perspectives in Public Health, 133: 66-71.

Camic, P.M., Tischler, V., & Pearman, C.H. (2014). Viewing and making together: A multi-session art-gallery-based intervention for people with dementia and their carers. Aging & Mental Health, 18 (2), 161-168.

Camic, P., Hulbert, S. & Kimmel, J. (2017). Museum object handling: a health-promoting community-based activity for dementia care.  Journal of Health Psychology.  Available in full online:

Chatterjee, H. E. & Camic, P. M. (2015). Special issue on Museums, culture and wellbeing. Editorial: The health and wellbeing potential of museums and art galleries. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 8(3).

Chatterjee, H.J., & Noble, G. (2009). Object Therapy: A student-selected component exploring the potential of museum object handling as an enrichment activity for patients in hospital. Global Journal of Health Sciences, 1 (2), 42-49.

Chatterjee, H.J., Vreeland, S., & Noble, G. (2009). Museopathy: Exploring the healing potential of handling museum objects. Museum and Society, 7(3), 164-177.

Colbert, S. Cooke, A. Camic, P.M., & Springham, N. (2013). The art-gallery as a resource for recovery for people who have experienced psychosis. Arts in psychotherapy, 40 (2), 250-256.

Dolev J.C., Friedlaender L.K., & Braverman, I.M. (2001). Use of fine art to enhance visual diagnostic skills. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 286(9):1020-1021.

Eekelaar, C., Camic, P.M. & Springham, N. (2012). Art galleries, episodic memory and verbal fluency in dementia: An exploratory study. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 6(3), 262-272.

Ellis R. (2015). “Without decontextualisation”: the Stanley Royd Museum and the progressive history of mental health care. History of Psychiatry, 26 (3), 332-47.

Ellis-Hill, C., Gracey, F., Thomas, S., Lamont-Robinson, C., Thomas, P.W. Marques, E.M.R., Grant, M. Nunn, S., Cant, R.P.I., T Galvin, K.T., Reynolds, F., Jenkinson, D.F. (2015). ‘HeART of Stroke (HoS)’, a community-based Arts for Health group intervention to support self-confidence and psychological well-being following a stroke: protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study. British Medical Journal Open, 5.

Flatt J.D., Liptak A., Oakley M.A., Gogan J., Varner T., Lingler J.H. (2015). Subjective experiences of an art museum engagement activity for persons with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers. American journal of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, 30 (4), 380-9.

Friedlaender, G.E., & Friedlaender, L.K. (2013). Art in science: Enhancing observational skills. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 471 (7): 2065–2067.

Huaiquian-Silva, J.C., Siles-Gonzalez, J., & Velandia-Mora, A.L. (2013). The hospitaller order of Saint John Of God in colonial Chile. Aquichan, 13 (2), 290-300.

Hurtado, A. Katz, C. Ciro, D., & Guttfreund, D.  (2013). Teachers’ knowledge, attitudes and experience in sexual abuse prevention education in El Salvador. Global Public Health, 8 (9), 1075-1086.

Hurtado, A. Katz, C.L. Ciro, D., & Guttfreund, D. (2014). Children’s knowledge of sexual abuse prevention in El Salvador. Annals of Global Health, 80 (2) 103-107.

Ickovics, J.R. (2013). Museums as a venue for public health intervention. American Journal of Public Health, 103 (12), 2204-2206.

Johnson, J., Culverwell, A., Hulbert, S., Robertson, M. & Camic, P.M. (2015). Museum activities in dementia care: Using visual analogue scales to measure subjective wellbeing. Dementia.

Kenning, G. (2015). “Fiddling with threads”: Craft-based textile activities and positive well-being textile. The Journal of Cloth & Culture, 13 (1), 50-65.×14235680035304

Klugman, C.M., & Beckmann-Mendez, D. (2015). One thousand words: Evaluating an interdisciplinary art education program. Journal of Nursing Education, 54 (4), 220-223.

Kobayashi, L.C. Wardle, J., & Von Wagner, C. (2015). Internet use, social engagement and health literacy decline during ageing in a longitudinal cohort of older English adults. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 69 (3), 278-283.

Koh, E. (2014). The Cunningham Dax collection: A unique mental health resource. Australasian Psychiatry, 22 (1), 41-43.

Krisberg K. (2015). National Public Health Week celebrated around nation: Health advocates hold hundreds of community events. The Nation’s Health, vol. 45 no. 5 20-42.

Lanceley, A., Noble, G., Johnson, M., Balogun, N., Chatterjee, H.J., & Menon, U. (2011) Investigating the therapeutic potential of a heritage-object focused intervention: A qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 17(6): 809-820.

Lindqvist, O., & Tishelman, C. (2015). Room for Death – International museum-visitors’ preferences regarding the end of their life. Social Science & Medicine, 139, 1-8.

Lundgren, F. (2013). The politics of participation: Francis Galton’s anthropometric laboratory and the making of civic selves. British Journal for the History of Science, 46 (170), 445-466.

Mangione, G. (2013). Access to what? Alzheimer’s disease and esthetic sense-making in the Contemporary Art Museum. Poetics, 41 (1), 27-47.

Martin, W.H., Griest, S.E., Sobel, J.L., & Howarth, L.C. (2013). Randomized trial of four noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus prevention interventions for children. International Journal of Audiology, 52 (1), S41-S49.

McAvinchey, C. (2013). Coming of age: Arts practice with older people in private and domestic spaces. Ride-The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 18 (4), 35.

Morse, N. et al., 2015. Effects of creative museum outreach sessions on measures of
confidence, sociability and well-being for mental health and addiction
recovery service-users. Arts & Health, 7:3, 231-246.

Morse, N., & Munro, E.(2015). Museums’ community engagement schemes, austerity and practices of care in two local museum services, Social & Cultural Geography.

Munro, E. (2013). “People just need to feel important, like someone is listening”: Recognising museums’ community engagement programmes as spaces of care. Geoforum, 48, 54-62.


Nambiar, D., Nguyen, M.H., Giang, L.M., Hirsch, J., & Parker, R.G. (2013). Tabula diptycha: Differential HIV knowledge, stigma and intended behavioural outcomes amongst visitors at Vietnam’s Pain and Hope exhibition, Global Public Health, 8 (1), S46-S60.

Napier, D.A., Ancarno, C., Butler, B., Calabrese, J., Chater, A., Chatterjee, H.J,, Guesnet, F., Horne, R., Jacyna, S., Jadhav, S., Macdonald, A., Neuendorf, U., Parkhurst, A., Reynolds, R., Scambler, G., Shamdasani, S., Smith, S.Z., Stougaard-Nielsen, J., Thomson, L.J., Tyler, N., Volkmann, A., Walker, T., Watson, J., C de C Williams, A., Willott, C., Wilson, J., & Woolf, K. (2014). Culture and health. The Lancet, 384 (9954): 1607–1639.

Paddon, H., Thomson, L.J., Lanceley, A., Menon, U. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2013). Mixed methods evaluation of well-being benefits derived from a heritage-in-health intervention with hospital patients. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 6 (1), 24-58.

Razera, J.C.C., & Souza C.S.S. (2013). The informal teaching of science in a health center: An analogy with the museographical environment under the light of Vigotski’s social and historical theory. Ensaio Pesquisa Em Educação Em Ciências (Belo Horizonte), 15 (1), 31-48.

Reddy, J.J., Multani, S.,  Bhat, N., Sharma, A., Singh, S., & Patel, R. (2013). Role of private-public partnership in health education: A survey of current practices in Udaipur City, Rajasthan, India. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 4 (9), 1086-1094.

Rentmeester, C.A, & Severson, S. (2014). Art, clinical moral perception, and the moral psychology of healthcare professionalism. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 4 (3), 271-277.

Rivera-Gutierrez D., Ferdig, R. Li, J., & Lok, B. (2014). Getting the point across: Exploring the effects of dynamic virtual humans in an interactive museum exhibit on user perceptions. IEEE Transactions On Visualization And Computer Graphics, 20 (4), 636-643.


Solway, R. Camic, P.M., Thomson, L.J., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2015). Material objects and psychological theory in arts and health: A conceptual literature review. Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, 7 (3).

Solway, R., Thomson, L.J., Camic, P.M.& Chatterjee, H.J. (2015). Museum object handling groups in older adult mental health inpatient care. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 17 (4), 201-214.

Thomson, L.J., Ander, E.E., Lanceley, A., Menon, U., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2012). Enhancing cancer patient well-being with a nonpharmacological, heritage-focused intervention. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 44 (5), 731-740.

Thomson, L.J., Ander, E.E., Lanceley, A., Menon, U., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2012). Evidence for enhanced wellbeing in cancer patients from a non-pharmacological intervention, 44 (5), 731-740.

Thomson, L.J., Ander, E.E., Menon, U., Lanceley, A., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2011). Evaluating the therapeutic effects of museum object handling with hospital patients: A review and initial trial of wellbeing measures. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 2 (1), 37-56.

Thomson, L.J., Ander, E.E., Menon, U., Lanceley, A. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2012). Quantitative evidence for wellbeing benefits from a heritage-in-health intervention with hospital patients. International Journal of Art Therapy, 17 (2), 63-79.

Thomson, L.J., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2014). Assessing wellbeing outcomes for arts and heritage activities: Development of a Museum Wellbeing Measures Toolkit. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 5 (1), 29-50.,id=17876/

Thomson, L.J. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2014). Wellbeing with objects: Evaluating a museum object handling intervention for older adults in healthcare settings. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34 (4), 539 –542.

Thomson, L.J., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2015). Measuring the impact of museum activities on wellbeing: Developing the Museum Wellbeing Measures Toolkit. Museum Management and Curatorship, 30 (1), 44–62.

Tyack, C., Camic, P. M., Heron, M. & Hulbert, S. (2015). Viewing art on a tablet computer; A wellbeing intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Vogelpoel, N., Lewis-Holmes, B., Thomson, L.J., & Chatterjee, H.J. (2013). Touching Heritage: Community Health and Wellbeing Promotion through Sustainable and Inclusive Volunteer Programming in the Museums’ Sector. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 6 (1), 109-119.

Young, R., Camic, P. M. & Tischler, V. (2015). The impact of community-based arts and health interventions on cognition in people with dementia: A systematic literature review. Aging & Mental Health.

Young, R., Tischler, V., Hulbert, S. & Camic, P. M. (2015). The impact of art-viewing and art-making on verbal fluency and memory in people with dementia. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 9, 368-375.

Zazulak, J., Halgren, C., Tan, M.G., & Grierson, L.E.M. (2015). The impact of an arts-based programme on the affective and cognitive components of empathic development. Medical Humanities, 0, 1-6.