Museums & Wellbeing Week

The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing coordinated the third National Museums & Wellbeing Week from 12-18 March 2018. Which was an opportunity for museums to showcase their health & wellbeing offer and raise awareness of this valuable area of work.

We have now merged with the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing to become the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. They have launched Creativity and Wellbeing Week for 2019 which will take place between 10-19 June. Please visit here for further details.

Events for this year can be viewed in the calendar and listings below:

EVENTS 2018

Events are listed below by region:

London

Wellbeing, Identity and Emotional Learning: Experiential Artist and Art Therapist led workshops and resources
Date: Any
Venue: Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts)
Iniva Creative Learning works in partnership with A Space, an arts and therapy service. We deliver a rolling programme of artist and art therapist led workshops that support the development of emotional learning skills. Our workshops with schools, the wider public and specialists in the field explore a range of topics based on our unique Emotional Learning Cards. These resources use international contemporary art as a basis from which to work through topics that inherently affect our wellbeing and sense of self such as identity, values, relationships, transition and our place in the world. Sign up to our mailing list for the latest workshop listings. for more information please visit here.

Architecture Gallery display
Date: Saturday 10 February-Wednesday 29 August
Time: During museum opening hours
Venue: V&A
Cost: Free
The display will focus on the design of a number of different buildings that have been shaped by the needs of deaf and disabled people, including a deaf church, a medieval almshouse, a contemporary architect-designed private house for a disabled client, a new vision for a mental illness asylum, and items from the archive of pioneering disability activists Maggie and Ken Davis, whose determination and vision saw them successfully commission in the 1970s the first council housing that allowed disabled people to live independently outside of institutionalised care. For more information please see here. Part of the Accentuate History of Place project.

Midlands

Knit & Natter Open House
Date: Friday 16 March
Time: 1-3pm
Venue: Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Cost: Free, no need to book
As part of Museums Health & Wellbeing Week there’s a chance to meet one of our community engagement groups.  Our lively ‘Knit & Natter’ volunteers will be showcasing their skills and displaying items of costume they’ve created for the Museum.  New members are welcome, so now’s your chance to think about taking up the challenge of the needles!  Why not drop in to meet them? (Refreshments available). For more information please visit here.

Yoga at the Museum
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: Cider Museum, Herefordshire
Cost: £2.50 (museum entrance free), booking required
Yoga tutor Pete Norton will give an hour long taster session on Iyengar yoga, in the warm setting of the Cider Museum’s Bulmer Norman Room. To book please call 01432 354207, or email enquiries@cidermuseum.co.uk. For more information please visit here.

Compton Verney Parkland Map
Date: Monday 12-Sunday 18 March
Time: During opening hours
Venue: Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
Cost: Free with admission, no booking required
Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the Compton Verney Parkland. Download the map from Compton Verney’s website and choose to take a circular walk from three different routes. Take in the sites around and see some of the best viewpoints from ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscape. For more information please visit here.

Dementia Café Children’s Choir
Date: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue: Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
Cost: Membership: £12 a year and carers go free, no booking required
Our monthly café provides a supportive environment where you can share your experiences, or simply chat with others in a similar situation. Learn about art, history and nature, take time to relax and enjoy the surrounds. Each month involves a short activity visiting the gallery, singing for the brain or playing games. Take away new experiences to share with others. A photobook is recorded at each session to recap on the previous activities. For more information please call 01926 645 560 or visit here.

Tai Chi
Date: Saturday 17 March
Time: 11am
Venue: Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
Cost: Members and annual ticket holders £7, non-members £14 (includes day ticket), booking required
Third Saturday of the Month join Swan Tai Chi learn the flow and grateful movement in our peaceful ‘Capability’ Brown Landscape. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing for this activity. To book please call 01926 645 500. For more information please visit here.

Wellbeing week at The Crags
Date:
12-18 March
Time:
10am-5.30pm
Venue:
Creswell Crags, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Cost:
£3 carpark fee, no need to book
Come and take a stroll around the gorge where Ice Age Man once roamed. With a stunning and picturesque lake, and limestone caves in the beautiful scenery of Welbeck Estate, Creswell Crags is a place for peace and wellbeing. Enjoy the natural sounds of the birds, or the sights of the pair of swans as they peacefully navigate the water.  Free to walk around, with just a £3 carparking charge for the whole day, Creswell Crags is the place to be this Museums wellbeing week. We have an exhibition and cave tours also, and we’re dog friendly. For more information please visit here.

Mindful Drawing at the Medical Museum
Date: Wednesday 14 March
Time: 11.30-12pm; 12.15-12.45; 1pm-1.30pm
Venue: George Marshall Medical Museum, Charles Hastings Education Centre, Worcester
Cost: Free, booking required
Join us at the George Marshall Medical Museum (Charles Hastings Education Centre) during Museums and Wellbeing Week for a FREE Mindful Drawing Workshop led by a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. Places at each workshop are FREE, but numbers are limited. Places can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by telephoning 01905 760738 or by email to louise.price10@nhs.net. Suitable for complete beginners. All resources provided. For more information please visit here.

Arty Tots
Date:
Monday 12 March
Time:
10am-12noon
Venue:
Market Hall Museum, Warwick
Cost:
£3 per child £5 for two children, no booking required
Spend time with your grandchildren and watch them get creative with messy art, listen to stories and sing rhymes. Suitable for ages 5 and under with their grandparents. For more information please visit here. Event organized by Heritage and Culture Warwickshire. 

ReCollections Dementia Café
Date:
Monday 12 March
Time:
2-4pm
Venue:
Market Hall Museum, Warwick 
Cost:
Free, booking required
ReCollections is a new Dementia Café at Market Hall Museum using museum collections and creative activity to engage and inspire people living with dementia and their carers. Join us for object handling, crafts, games and socialising. To book please visit here. For more information please visit here.

Wellbeing Weekend
Date: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March
Time: All day, 9-5 Saturday, 12-4 Sunday
Venue: The New Art Gallery Walsall
Cost: Free
A weekend launch event for our annual Collections galleries re-display, with free activities celebrating Museums and Wellbeing Week, including Yoga, Mindfulness, Comedy, Music, Reminiscence, Life drawing, a Mini Masters’ art class, Audio Description and Sign Language tours and the opportunity to find out more and become involved in Volunteering for Wellbeing initiatives and become part of a community focus group to redevelop our Roof Terrace as a community space, taking inspiration from our Collections! For more information please visit here or call 01922 654400.

North East

Health and Wellbeing programmes
Venue: Beamish Museum, County Durham
Beamish Museum’s Health and Wellbeing Team run a continuous programme of group sessions and activities.  A focus for our work is in supporting people living with dementia and their relatives and carers, but we also welcome a wide variety of groups and participants as part of our programme too.  All activities take place in the unique environment of our living museum, or within our cosy ‘Orchard Cottage’, where we are able to use our immersive environment to provide opportunities for people to engage in meaningful activities, meet new people and enjoy a bit of fresh air and exercise.  Weekly sessions include a walking group, a men’s group, a group session run in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and we welcome lots of different groups from residential and care homes too. Some are pre bookable and others are open to all visitors.  Check here for more details.

Stuff & Stories
Date: Any
Time: Any
Venue: Calderdale Museums Service, Halifax
Cost: Free, booking required for larger groups
Stuff & Stories are treasure boxes of interesting things for a wide range of people and uses. Some of the ways these boxes could be used are: As reminiscence resources for people living with Dementia; For intergenerational activities; As still life objects for artist practice groups; As story-telling inspiration for children and adults; or, As role play and acting props for children and adults. Call the Akroyd Library at Bankfield Museum for more information on 01422 352277 to make a booking.

Staying Well Jigsaw Club
Date: Any
Time: Any
Venue: Calderdale Museums Service, Halifax
Cost: Free, no need to book
Meet new people and have a chat over a jigsaw! For more info call Akroyd Library on 01422 352277.

Guided Walk of Cusworth Park
Date: Wednesday 14 March
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Doncaster Heritage Services, Cusworth Hall Park & Gardens
Cost: Suggested donation £1, no need to book
Join our Acting Head Gardener on an informative stroll around our beautiful parkland to discover more about the fascinating and unusual historic features of this jewel in Doncaster’s crown.  Meet at the car park machine sat 1pm. For more information please visit here.

Coal Mining in Doncaster: Reminiscence Coffee Afternoon
Date: Wednesday 14 March
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Doncaster Heritage Services, Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
Cost: Free, no need to book
Did you or a family member work in one of Doncaster’s coal mines?  Do you have memories of going down the pit? Do you have objects or photographs about related to coal mining that you would like to share? Join us to take a closer look at some of the coal mining objects from our museum collections and share your stories over a cuppa. For more information or to book please visit here.

Yoga at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
Date: Thrursday 15 March
Time: 10.30-11.30am
Venue: Doncaster Heritage Services
Cost: £4, booking required
Take the time to relax and reflect to celebrate National Museums & Wellbeing week. The class is suited for all levels of yoga practitioners, from the brand new beginner to the seasoned yogi. Mats, blankets and blocks are provided. Please bring along a bottle of water. Pre-booking is essential. Call 01302 734293 to book your place. Yoga taught by Angela Pinder of Anji Rox Yoga. For more information please visit here.

Nature’s Nightlife
Date: Saturday 17 March
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Venue: Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria
Cost: Adults £3, children £2, booking required
An exciting walk under cover of darkness exploring the sounds of animals and trees; use your senses to inspire music as you enjoy hot chocolate and star gazing by a campfire. To book please contact Grizedale@forestry.gsi.gov.uk. For more information please visit here.

An Introduction to Mindfulness
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 1.45-2.45pm
Cost: Free, no need to book
Venue: Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre, Leeds
An introduction to what mindfulness is and we can promote and improve our mental health by engaging with it.Facilitated by Steve Hart (Leeds Mindfulness and Positive Emotion Enhancement Centre). For more information please visit here.

Self-guided Meditative Walks
Date: Tuesday 13-Sunday 18 March
Time: in visitor opening hours 10am- 3.30pm
Venue: Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre, Leeds
Cost: Free, no need to book
Explore the peaceful Abbey grounds and following a route specially designed to encourage reflection and with reference to practices observed by the Cistercian monks who lived there. Simply pick up a meditative walks booklet for free from our visitor centre to begin your walk. The route has been designed by Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre, Leeds, in consultation with the curatorial staff at Leeds Museums  and Galleries. Please note the site is open as normal to other visitors,  and some times may be more busy than others.

Mini Maestros Animal Music Session
Date: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Leeds City Museum
Cost: £2 per child, bookings taken in advance
Mini Maestros offers all children from 3 months up to 5 years the chance to learn and have fun through music. The sessions take place in our Life on Earth Gallery linking to the animals. For more information or to book please visit here.

Yoga at the Museum
Date: Wednesday 14 March
Time: 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: Leeds City Museum
Cost: £8.50, bookings taken in advance
Treat yourself to a ‘No Stress Yoga’ lunchtime with Lucyoga in the stunning Broderick Hall. Upbeat but gentle yoga to help you feel stretched and at ease with life’s challenges, in an incredible location. This is fun, relaxing Dru Yoga that’s suitable for all body types and levels of experience, set to carefully crafted playlists. A lunchtime well spent! To book please visit here. For more information please visit here.

Edible Art
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 10.30-11.30am
Cost: Free, no booking required
Venue: Leeds City Museum
For under 5s and carers. A free creative art session with healthy edible creativity as the theme. For more information please visit here.

Leeds City Museum Community Choir
Date: Friday 16 March
Time: 1-2.30pm
Cost: Free, no booking required
Venue: Leeds City Museum
No audition is required and singers of all abilities are welcome, including absolute beginners. We meet once a month on Friday afternoons. So come along and join in! Free, drop in. For more information please visit here.

Spinners of Aire
Date: Wednesday 14 March
Time: 10am-2pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Come along and see the spinners in action, they meet every Wednesday at the Museum. Health and Wellbeing in Museums week is the perfect time to come along and have a chat with them about spinning and all it entails. For more information please contact the museum: 0113 378 3173 or visit here.

The Colour Garden Volunteers
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: Free, booking required
Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Hyde Park Source and Leeds Industrial Museum run a regular gardening volunteer session most Thursdays 2-4pm as part of the Outdoors Active and Well project, for people at risk of mental health issues. This benefits those attending as well as the beautiful grounds at the museum, linking to the heritage of the site as a woollen mill by growing some plants used in natural dyeing of fabrics. We attract a mixed group of various abilities – previous gardening experience not essential! Please contact before attending: christopher.sharp@leeds.gov.uk, 0113 378 3173. For more information please visit here.

Relaxed dementia-friendly film screening of the 1930s classic comedy
‘The Cotton Queen’
Date: Friday 16 March
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Free, booking required
Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Using our lovely small 1920s cinema at the museum, we will be screening the film comedy The Cotton Queen as a relaxed screening, particularly for those living with dementia and their carers. This film links to our current exhibition on Queens of Industry, which we also invite visitors to enjoy whilst they visit. To book please contact Chris christopher.sharp@leeds.gov.uk .For more information please visit here.

Close Knit Friends – Knit and Natter
Date: Saturday 17 March
Time: 1-4pm
Cost:  Free, no need to book
Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Our Close Knit Friends meet every Saturday afternoon at the museum and are always looking for new people to join them, all are welcome and it doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced knitter or a novice or even if you prefer crochet or another yarn related craft. Call the museum on 0113 378 3173 for more information or visit here.

Day of Wellbeing
Date: Wednesday 14 March
Time: Various please see below
Venue: Temple Newsam House, Leeds Museums and Galleries
Cost: Free
A day of wellness in a 500 year old Tudor Jacobean mansion house. Come for the whole day or for part of it. Free event, chance to see the house and take some timeout for you.
10.30am welcome, mindfulness and meditation in the Dining Room (bring own towel and sunglasses)
11.40am   Time to talk/mindfulness colouring/creating recipes for happiness
12.00-1pm     Time for lunch (bring your own
1-2.15 pm  Walk through the grounds (weather permitting) or Tour of the House
2.15pm   Hand, arm or shoulder massages in the Education room
For more information please visit here.

‘Quiet ‘Afternoon
Date: Friday 16 March
Time: 3-5pm
Venue: The Grosvenor Museum, Chester
Cost: Free, donations welcome
We invite members of the public to enjoy a ‘quieter’ visit to our museum. Wherever possible, we will dim the lighting and turn down the sounds to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere in which to explore our galleries. For more information please contact Virginia.kettle@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk, or call 01244 972120.

Deer Park Walk & Print
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 11am-3pm
Venue: The Auckland Project, No.42; 42 Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7PB
Cost: Free, booking required
The Auckland Project is hoping to inspire you to get more active, learn something new and explore connections to local history, culture and landscape. Join us for a guided walk into our century old deer park to gather inspiration from the landscape and architecture. We will then return to number 42 to use local mining artist Tom McGuinness’ printing press to create our own works of art to take home. Refreshments & cake provided, please bring a packed lunch. To book please contact bookings@aucklandproject.org; 01388 743797. For more information please visit here.

Mining Art Gallery Pop-up Museum
Date: Saturday 17 March
Time: 10.30am-4pm
Venue: The Auckland Project, No.42; 42 Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7PB
Cost: Free, no booking required
The Auckland Project is hoping to inspire you to get more active, learn something new and explore connections to local history, culture and landscape. Our mining art gallery will be popping up to celebrate the theme of home through art, crafts and objects. Join us for a ‘Please DO Touch’ experience for all the family: including proggy mat making, memory mining and mapping; object and image handling. For more information please visit here.

Mindful Makers
Date: Thursday 15th March
Time: 10.30-11.45am
Venue: The Hepworth Wakefield
Cost: £7 for one child with one adult + £2 per additional child/adult, bookings taken in advance
Join us for our brand new Mindful Makers workshop for families. Experience a morning of children’s yoga including movement, meditation and mindful art activities inspired by artwork in the galleries. Suitable for 18 months +. Parking is free for families attending Mindful Makers. To book and more information please visit here.

Art Shot Talks 
Date: Friday 16 March
Time: 2-3pm
Venue: York Art Gallery
Cost: Free with admission charge, no booking required
Join our Welcome Team for ten minute talks based on our collections and exhibitions. Available 2pm, 2.15pm, 2.30pm and 2.45pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. For more information please visit here.

Suffragette’s Volunteers talk 
Date: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 11-11.30am
Venue: York Castle Museum
Cost: Free with admission charge, no booking required
This year marks the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave the vote to some women in Britain. York Castle Museum volunteers Emma Flint and Elizabeth Shaw have been helping to research the history of women’s suffrage. Emma and Elizabeth will be presenting their findings in a series of free talks throughout the year titled ‘Unstoppable Women: The Suffragettes in York’. Talks take place in the Home Front section of our exhibition ‘1914: When the World Changed Forever’. For more information please visit here.

Edwardian Edibles 
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 11am-4pm
Venue: York Castle Museum
Cost: Free with admission charge, no booking required
Explore Edwardian 1920s recipes contrasting them with modern day versions. This activity takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 to 22 March 2018, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm. For more information please visit here.

Curator’s talk
Date: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 12.30-1pm
Venue: York Museum
Cost: Free with admission charge, no booking required
Want to find out more about the collections at the Yorkshire Museum? Our knowledgeable curators regularly give free talks that provide further insight into the fantastic objects we have on display. Today’s talk will be on ‘Investigating the Yorkshire Museum’s Roman Coins‘. We may occasionally have to change the dates or titles of talks so please phone ahead on 01904 687687 for the latest information. Please visit here for further details.

York Museum Garden tour
Date: Sunday 18 March
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: York Museum Gardens
Cost: Free, no need to book
Meet inside the Museum Street gates and gain an insight into one of the most popular gardens in York. The gardens contain a wealth of plant life, botanical specimens and wildlife, as well as the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey and the Roman Multangular Tower. Our knowledgeable guides will show you the highlights of this truly unique garden. Tours start at 1pm every Sunday and last approximately one hour. For more information please visit here.

Rest is Radical
Date: Monday 12- Sunday 18 March
Time: 10am-5pm
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cost: Free
Escape from the stresses of everyday life and practice some guilt-free time wasting.   Embrace being unproductive with a few mindful minutes of relaxation in our woodland hammocks. For further information please visit here.

Other Ways to Walk
Date: Monday 12- Sunday 18 March
Time: 11am-4pm
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cost: Free
Borrow a pack of cards to inspire you to slow down and savour the moment as you walk around the park (last loans at 2.30pm).

Mindful Walking
Date: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 10am-12noon
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cost: £3, online booking required
Join us for a gentle and mindful walk with experienced practitioner Sally Edward from Kindmind.   Walking is a great way to get a bit of exercise and fresh air, and mindful walking is a way to meditate while you walk. It helps get you ‘out of your head’, giving you a break from the preoccupations of the day, bringing your attention to your surroundings and sensations. Tickets for this event are non-refundable. To book and further information please visit here.

Sculpture After Dark
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 5.30-8.00pm
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cost: £3, online booking required
Experience the landscape out of hours. Explore sculptures by torchlight and have a go at making a shadow sculpture outside with a professional artist educator. We will meet half an hour before sunset, and take a tour around Bretton Country Park through twilight into darkness – a great opportunity to see the park in a new light.   – This event is aimed at adults and older children – Tickets for this event are non-refundable. To book and further information please visit here.

Room to Breathe
Date: Saturday 17 March
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cost: £38, online booking required
Room to Breathe is an opportunity to spend a day at YSP walking, thinking, talking and gaining some insight into the things that are on your mind. There is time for informal talking as we walk as well as structured space for talking and thinking as a group. The day is structured to help you find areas you need to focus on, decisions you need to make, problems you need to resolve and then have the space to explore them. Walks are led by Group Analyst Chris Powell and GP Andrew Wilson. For more information or to book please visit here.

Pick’n’Mix Portraits: Family Photography Workshop
Date: Saturday 17 March
Time: 2.00-4.00pm
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cost: £3, online booking required
There are so many different ways of creating an interesting photograph. Which one will you pick to represent who you are? YSP invites families to work with artist Pui Lee in playful photography challenges. Explore a mixture of practical photography skills and experimental methods to create your own portrait. Be inspired by the outdoors and choose your favourite to upload for public viewing #picknmixYSP. Suitable for 11+. For more information or to book please visit here.

‘Happiness, Health and Wellbeing at YSP’ Research Open Day
Date: Sunday 18 March
Time: 10.00am-5.00pm
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cost: Free
In 2016, YSP began a 3-year research project with the University of Huddersfield exploring the everyday visitor experience at YSP and what impact this could have upon visitors’ happiness and wellbeing.    At this halfway stage, we want to hear what you have to say. Join PhD researcher Claire Booth and design students from the University of Huddersfield for our research open day to share your experiences, learn more about this ongoing project and give your valuable thoughts and feedback about happiness and wellbeing at YSP. For more information please visit here.

The Tinker Project
Date: Sunday 18 March
Time: 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cost: £3
In this playful workshop you will tinker and transform everyday objects into new and exciting sculptures. What will you take apart? A toaster, a speaker or maybe even a vacuum cleaner. Led by artists Natalie Bellingham and Gonçalo Birra, you will find out what’s inside everyday household objects and remake them into something new. Allow your imagination to run away with you! Your creations may be large or temporary so please bring your cameras to capture your work. Suitable for age 6+ All children must be supervised by an adult. For more information or to book please visit here.

Northern Ireland

North West

Crafternoon Tea: Learn Cotton Patchwork
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 1-4.30pm
Venue: Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester
Cost: £15/£19 (with house entry, which lasts for 12 months), booking required
Learn how to make a Suffolk puff patchwork lavender bag from scraps of floral cotton and decorate with beads and embroidery. £19 includes tuition, materials, tea/coffee, cake and annual admission to the house. For more information and to book please visit here.

And breathe…
Date: Thursday 15 March- Monday 13 August
Time: 10-5pm Monday to Sunday, with the exception of 10-9pm on Thursdays
Cost: Free, no booking required
Venue: Manchester Art Gallery
A
nd breathe… is an exhibition that has been co-curated with a community mental health group and primary school pupils to explore the relationship between art, positive mental health and wellbeing.  The exhibition mixes the historic with the contemporary, moving from 19th century seascapes, to more abstract, surreal and modernist works and contemporary photographic pieces.

The exhibition is part of the gallery’s wider Mindful Museum campaign that aims to raise awareness and promote understanding of how mindfulness can be used within the cultural sector to improve good mental health and wellbeing. For more information please visit here.

Living Worlds & Nature’s Library Galleries and The Study
Date: 12-18 March
Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: Free, no need to book
Venue: Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, Nature’s Library gallery and The Study were developed using the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Come along to the Museum to experience the joy of being surrounded by beautiful nature, find out what you can do to help and learn about things you’d never even heard of. For more information please visit here.

The Blind School: Pioneering People and Places
Date: Friday 26 January-Sunday 15 April
Time: During museum opening hours
Venue: Museum of Liverpool
Cost: Free, no booking required
Personal stories and objects reveal the history of the UK’s first school for blind people, in a new exhibition. Founded in 1791, Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind, its buildings and the everyday lives of students, will be central to the exhibition. It also looks at the life of Edward Rushton, who was blinded while on a slave ship, and who became an abolitionist as well as champion of the cause of education for blind people. For further information please visit here. Part of the Accentuate History of Place project.

Art of Football Workshop
Date: Tuesday 12 March
Time: 1–3pm
Venue: National Football Museum, Manchester
Cost: Free, drop-in no need to book
Come and be inspired by our art collection, enjoy a cuppa, chat, and try your hand at printing. Open to all, no experience needed. For more information please visit here.

Creative Recharge
Date: Friday 16 March
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool
Cost: Free, booking required
Take some time out to enjoy an afternoon of creative play. Local artist Louise Waller will give you a practical introduction to figurative sculpture. Materials will be provided and you will be inspired by one of the world’s most famous rulers, the 2,000 year old Caesar Augustus. The Meroë Head of Augustus is on loan to the Victoria Gallery and Museum from the British Museum and is the first time it will be displayed in Liverpool since it was rediscovered by John Garstang in 1910.  This incredible object was the 35th object included in the landmark BBC Radio 4 series ‘A History of the World in 100 objects’.  To book please visit here.

Volunteering for All: Measuring the health and well-being benefits
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 10.30am-4.30pm
Cost: Member £25 and Non Member £40, booking required
Venue: The Whitworth, Manchester
This event organised by the Association of Volunteer Managers will address various aspects of the volunteer journey from the volunteer managers perspective, with a particular focus on measuring the health and wellbeing benefits for everyone involved: the volunteers; the programme managers and volunteer leaders; the organisation; the end users and clients. We will hear the results of some key work into volunteer motivation and behaviour, including: assessing the volunteering habits of certain groups; attracting and working with younger volunteers and families; two different assesments of wellbeing. To book please visit here, for more information please visit here.

Can You Hear Art?
Date: 16 March (Friday 23 March, Friday 6 April, Friday 13 April, Friday 20 April)
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Cost: Free, booking required
Venue: Maggie’s Centre, Kinnaird Road, Manchester
As part of the Whitworth’s Arts for Health programme, this music session helps explore sounds and songs from art, the environment and our experiences. Music is always part of being human; it is the melody in our voices, the sound of our laughter, the rhythm of our movements and the beating of our hearts. Music therapy helps people to connect with others, as well as their inner selves; bringing a sense of peace. It can help those with communication difficulties to find a way to express their emotions. Join us for the interactive music sessions at the Maggie’s Centre, as part of Facing Out, and discover how music therapy gives a voice to those struggling to find theirs. To book please email wendy.gallagher@manchester.ac.uk. For more information please visit here.

Scotland

Open Discussion
Date: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: Free, no booking required drop-in
Venue: Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar, EH42 1DX
East Lothian Council Museums (Dunbar) will be running a pop-up stand about the museum. For more information please visit here.

Museum Social: Scotland’s Craft Makers
Date: Friday 16 March
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Cost: Free, booking required
Free event for anyone affected by Dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters. Our sessions are relaxed and informal, start with tea and cake, and feature a range of activities inspired by our collections. This social will explore contemporary crafts in Scotland, working with an artist. To book please visit here. For more information please visit here.

South East

BFG Big Creative Pack
Date: Tuesday 13 March (until Sunday 20 May)
Time: 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday &  12pm to 5pm Sunday
Venue: The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury, Kent
Cost: £1 per pack (or £4 for 3 different activities)
Inspired by Roald Dahl’s The Big Friendly Giant we provide you with all the materials you need to create a BFG themed ‘art y fact!’ PLUS: Let your imagination run away with you in our Share your Dreams competition where visitors will have the chance to have their work transformed into an original illustration all of their own. You are never too big or too small to dream so there is room for everyone to enter. Please visit here for more information.

Investigating Beaney Portraits…with the Little Girl at the Door
Date: Tuesday 13 March (until Sunday 20 May)
Time: 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday &  12pm to 5pm Sunday
Venue: The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury, Kent
Cost: One Art Trail activity booklet for £1, for families and children age 5 – 12
Pick up an activity booklet when you arrive at The Beaney and respond to some of the museum’s most interesting and intriguing portraits through exploration, drawing and writing.

Quiet Gallery Contemplation Time and Object Handling Session
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 9-10am
Venue: The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury, Kent
Cost: Free, drop-in limited numbers
For one morning only we are opening our Front Room gallery an hour early, and limiting numbers, to allow visitors the opportunity to experience a quieter and perhaps more contemplative gallery environment. The exhibition currently on show is ‘Sensing Culture: The Power of the Object’ exhibition – a stunning show by people with sight loss, inspired by the collections and textures at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge and is part of an HLF funded RNIB project to improve the museum and gallery experience for visually impaired visitors. Incredible objects from The Beaney’s collection will be available to handle during this time as well.

Tactile Detectives!
Date: Sunday 17 March
Time: 10.30am – 3pm (last entry)
Venue: The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury, Kent
Cost: Free, drop-in
Specially commissioned by The Beaney for the Museums and Wellbeing Week, inspired by workshops designed for those with sight loss but suitable for everyone. Become a detective for the day! Join artist Wendy Dawes to create your own tactile masterpieces. Specially equipped, your mission will be to explore the museums collections and emboss your findings onto foil board to create a tactile drawing. Suitable for all ages, it’s free and fun. All materials supplied and Wendy will help you create your own masterpieces to take away.

Creativity at Royston Museum
Date: Saturday 17 March
Time: 10.30am-3pm
Venue: Royston Museum, Hertfordshire
Cost: Free, no need to book
A free event showcasing the variety of activities we host that are creative and peaceful. We’re also looking for new ideas so if there’s something you’d like to try at the museum, come along and talk to us about it. Also, have a go at painting your own piece of art work – be inspired by the museum. Suitable for all ages. For more information please visit here.

In Turner’s Footsteps Walking Tour
Date:
Thursday 15 March
Time:
3-5pm
Venue:
Turner’s House, Twickenham
Cost:
£15, booking required
Join us for National Museums & Wellbeing Week on a walk following in Turner’s footsteps beginning with a tour of Turner’s country house, Sandycombe Lodge and continuing to the top of Richmond Hill which inspired several of Turner’s paintings. This is a gentle walk just over 2 miles, with an uphill incline. For more information or to book please visit here.

South West

Brave Poor Things: Reclaiming Bristol’s Disability History
Date: Until Sunday 15 April
Cost: Free, no booking required
Venue: M Shed, Bristol
This exhibition explores how the Bristol Guild of disabled people provided community, solidarity and access to work for almost 100 years from the late 1890s. It looks at the crafts, ideology and social context of the Guild, and how it helped its members survive and flourish. For more information please visit here. Part of the Accentuate History of Place project.

T’ai Chi on the Terrace
Date: Tuesday 13 March (and every Tuesday from 9 January)
Time: 8-8.30am
Cost: £4 per class, bookings taken in advance
Venue: Roman Baths, Bath
Join us for T’ai Chi on the Terrace at the Roman Baths. The classes are led by a qualified private instructor. You don’t need to have any previous experience of T’ai Chi and will be most welcome to join us for a relaxing start to your day. to book please call 01225 477 773. For more information please visit here.

Wesley’s Wellbeing Workshop
Date: Saturday 17 March
Time: 11am-3pm
Cost: Adults £6, Children £3 (your ticket includes Museum entry and a free trail), booking required
Venue: The New Room, John Wesley’s Chapel, Bristol
Are you a budding scientist? Do you love Horrible Histories? Come and experiment with us in this hands-on workshop. Join Professor Rogers to find a cure and mix your own herbal remedies. Use a quill and ink to take home your own fancy medicine label. Drop in anytime between 11am-3pm to discover John Wesley’s unusual methods for curing most diseases! Age 7+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Not coming for the workshop, but interested in a quiet space to sit, reflect or be still? Our Chapel is the perfect remedy. Pop in anytime between 10.30am-4pm. Buy your ticket in advance from the New Room Cafe and Shop, or on Eventbrite (online booking fee applies). For more information please visit here.

Wales

A Café of Memories – 1950’s
Date: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: Free, booking required
Venue: Monmouthshire Museums Service, The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow
Join us for a fun afternoon reminiscing about life in the 1950’s. Sample ‘50’s delights during afternoon tea, reminisce with period objects and share your memories of music, film, fashion and more with students from Chepstow Comprehensive School. To book please Contact Karin Molson on 01600 710630 or email karinmolson@monmouthshire.gov.uk

(End of ) Winter Wellbeing Workshops
Date: 15-18 March
Time: 11am-4pm
Cost: Free, booking required
Venue: Parc Howard Museum, Llanelli
As winter finally moves into spring, take inspiration from the museum art collections and relax and enjoy the beautiful setting of Parc Howard. Our friendly artist workshop leaders, Cheryl Beer and Louise Bird, will draw you on a creative journey at your own pace, to discover, explore and make.  The workshops are open to all and no previous experience is necessary.  Booking is essential to keep numbers low to ensure a good quality experience for all. To book please contact 01267 228696 or e-mail museums@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Outside of Museums and Wellbeing Week 

A Patient Life: The Hatton Asylum
Date:
Saturday 10 March
Time:
2.30-4.30pm
Cost:
£10, booking required
Venue:
County Record Office, Warwick
A special one off event featuring a story telling performance from artist-in-residence Francesca Millican-Slater; followed by a talk by local historian Julie Moores and an exclusive opportunity to view original archival material from the Hatton County Lunatic Asylum. To book please visit here. For more information please visit here. Event organized by Heritage and Culture Warwickshire.

Teacher’s Mindfulness Session
Date: Wednesday 21 March
Time: 5-6.30pm
Cost: Free, bookings taken in advance
Venue: The Hepworth Wakefield
Facilitated by Liz Watkins from Thinking Space, you are invited to join us after school to use our artwork for your own mindfulness and wellbeing. Supported by national reports to decrease the stress levels and teachers and students across the country, these sessions will guide teachers to distress through art and reflect over a glass of wine. You will leave with ideas and possible methods to use back in the classroom to decrease your students stress levels around exam periods. To book please visit here. For more information please visit here.

March to Art: Community
Date: 25 March – 25 April
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM), Melbourne
March to Art is ANVAM’s annual exhibition of veterans arts. In 2017 the exhibition A March to Art: Identity was awarded a Highly Commended in the prestigious VicHealth awards for ‘Better Health through Art’. March to Art: Community aims to highlight the important role of community for the wellbeing of veterans and their families. For more information please visit here.

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