Heritage in Hospitals: An investigation of the therapeutic and enrichment potential of object handling in hospitals and other healthcare organisations

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Museums and Collections

Abstract

Many hospital trusts and other healthcare organisations have invested in arts programmes, via the installation of art works in hospital spaces, artist residencies and the development of enrichment activities such as dog patting and music workshops. Research has shown that these interventions have a positive effect on patient wellbeing, including mental health, anxiety, pain intensity, need for medication and length of stay in hospital. The research has also shown a positive effect for staff training and development. To date there has been no research regarding the potential benefits of providing access to collections in hospitals, despite the fact that the majority of museums have active outreach programmes and are vigorously encouraged to widen access to their collections, particularly for excluded audiences.
The aim of this research is to understand the potential and value of taking handling collections from museums, libraries and archives into hospitals and other healthcare organisations, such as care homes. Preliminary research begun at University College London Hospital by the applicants, has shown that object handling sessions resulted in an increase in patient wellbeing and patient's perception of their health status. Further, that patients felt positive about the role of object handling sessions as a distraction from everyday ward life and sessions have a positive impact on relationships amongst staff and patients. Importantly the pilot research has highlighted the deep emotional responses evoked in hospitalised patients handling museum objects. Whilst this may be highly beneficial, the full psychological impact on patients and professionals leading the sessions needs to be carefully assessed.
The main objective of the research is to develop an effective and robust protocol for heritage engagement with health, based on thorough research. The protocol will include guidelines for best practice, examples of effective session development and delivery, and guidance on establishing new relationships with healthcare organisations. The research will fully evaluate the psychological and physical impact of object handling on patients, including the role of such sessions on staff and those individuals delivering sessions. Research Assistants will collect, analyse and evaluate data obtained from handling session and will address questions such as: How do different patients respond to handling sessions? Are there trends in which type of objects are preferred in handling? Do differences in the profession of the individual leading the session affect the outcomes? What intrinsic factors are important in the development and delivery of an effective object handling session?
A freelance artist will explore the creative element of patient object handling sessions. Working with patients, relatives, volunteers, hospital and heritage staff the artist will interpret the research for a broader audience seeking to promote the positive benefits of object handling. This aspect of the research will result in material developed by the artist for exhibitions and displays, culminating in virtual on-line exhibitions, accessible via the project website. The artist will address the question: What are the creative outcomes of heritage enrichment in hospitals?
Data from a variety of institutions from across the UK will be used to gain an overview of the role of object handling. Seven partner organisations including The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, hospitals, a national museum, plus local authority, university and independent museums, libraries and archive services will provide data and information from sessions conducted at regional hospitals and other healthcare organisations. Using a standard methodology to be developed by the project team, partners will work closely with the Research Assistants and Artist to collate data and establish a broad view of the potential, value and benefits of embedding heritage in healthcare.

Publications

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Chatterjee Helen J. (2013) Museums, Health and Well-Being

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Chatterjee Helen J. (2013) Museums, Health and Well-Being

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Chatterjee, HC (2015) The health and well-being potential of museums and art galleries (Editorial). in Arts and Health Special Issue: Culture, Museums and Wellbeing

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Erica Ander (Co-Author) (2011) Culture's place in wellbeing

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Solway R (2015) Museum object handling groups in older adult mental health inpatient care in International Journal of Mental Health Promotion

 
Title Touching heritage 
Description Exhibition in UCL Hospitals and UCL 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Wider hospital engagement in the project including hosiptal staff and widers publics. 
 
Description Our research shows that creative and cultural participation has a positive impact on psychological and subjective wellbeing when applied in therapeutic settings; we produced a range of outputs including best practice handling guidelines.
Exploitation Route Several other studies/programmes have been inspired by our work
Sectors Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://culturehealthresearch.wordpress.com/
 
Description The main impact of our research is exemplfied in the awards we have received from the Royal Society of Public Health and our research features heavily in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report: Creative Health, published in 2017: http://www.artshealthandwellbeing.org.uk/appg-inquiry/ Helen Chatterjee is also an Advisor to the APPG Arts and Health.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Citation in Royal Society for Public Health
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact More museums and arts/cultural organisations embedding health and wellbeing programmes
URL http://www.rsph.org.uk/en/policy-and-projects/areas-of-work/arts-and-health.cfm
 
Description Arts Council England Research Award
Amount £192,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts Council England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 08/2018
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation Age UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation British Museum
Department Digital and Publishing
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation Canterbury Christ Church University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation Kent County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation NEF Consulting Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation Royal Society for Public Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation The Postal Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums on Prescription partnerships 
Organisation University of the Arts London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are evaluating museum activities in partner museums in Camden and Kent who are referred by partners from AGEUK, other third sector bodies, health and social care organisations. Our role is to set up the partnerships, evaluate the impact of a 10-week programme and co-reach with the partners the value of museum programming in social prescribing.
Collaborator Contribution Partners either offer museum venues/activities, referrals or impact support and include: Age UK Camden, Canterbury, Islington, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Arts Council England The British Museum The British Postal Museum and Archive Camden Council (Housing and Adult Social Care) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Camden Psychological Services) Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Museums and Galleries Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Islington Museum and Archives Kent County Council (Children, Families and Education) Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting) Royal Society for Public Health Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery UCL Museums & Collections
Impact Main outcomes includes a series of 10 week museum programmes at partner museums; these have been accompanied by several skills and information sharing workshops involving all partners (museums, health referrers, health sector partners, NEF, RSPH and 3rd sector partners such as AgeUK).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Museums and Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Royalk College of Nursing talk - Stimulated discussion about the role of museums in society

Increased awareness of research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014