Heritage, Health and Wellbeing - Mapping Future Priorities and Potential

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

Abstract

The 'Heritage, Health and Wellbeing' project is a follow-on from the AHRC funded 'Heritage in Hospitals' project (AH/G000506/1), which assessed the therapeutic potential of museum object handling as an enrichment intervention in hospitals and care homes for the elderly. The 'Heritage, Health and Wellbeing project' brought together sector workers involved in delivering programmes which address health and wellbeing in order to map out UK and key overseas contributions, and formulated a health and wellbeing framework for the sector with robust evaluation and measurement criteria. This was a heritage specific measurement and evaluation methodology comprising potential quantitative and qualitative approaches for assessing the sectors impact on health and wellbeing. The project held 3 regional workshops (London, North East, and North West) and they were able to share case studies, best practice, evaluation methodologies and key findings. They established a museums, health and wellbeing network, which considered the need for a sector specific methodological approach for measuring and evaluating contributions to health and wellbeing. They also explored a range of quantitative (e.g. quality of life, life satisfaction and wellbeing scales), and qualitative (e.g. grounded theory, content analysis, ethnographic methodologies) approaches. Museums were involved in discussions about a 'heritage-specific, health and wellbeing outcomes measurement methodology' in order to identify future priorities. A Heritage, Health and Wellbeing network was established, presenting new opportunities for networking and meeting fellow sector workers. The project team established a project specific website hosted at UCL which includes a comprehensive portfolio of sector contributions.

Publications

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Description Numerous conference presentations and invitations to speak; key findings used to write the first ever book on museums and health:
Chatterjee, H. J. and Noble, G. (2013) Museums, Health and Wellbeing. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Farnham, UK; Burlington USA.
Exploitation Route The work is widely cited, especially by the museums sector
Sectors Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/research/touch
 
Description Many museums contact us to ask to collaborate with them; H Chatterjee invited to join the Royal Society for Public Health's Special Interest Group for arts and health
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
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 National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing 
Organisation British Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our research has led to the development of a national consortium for museums and health which we lead in partnership with: National Museums Liverpool, the British Museum, the UK Medical Collections Group represented by the Thackray Medical Museum, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership, the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester's School of Museum Studies, the Museums Association and the National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing.
Collaborator Contribution H Chatterjee is Founder and Chair of the Alliance
Impact MUSEUMS FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING CONFERENCE (2 March 2016, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester) The first national conference of the National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing: https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com/news/
Start Year 2015
 
Description National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing 
Organisation National Museums Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Our research has led to the development of a national consortium for museums and health which we lead in partnership with: National Museums Liverpool, the British Museum, the UK Medical Collections Group represented by the Thackray Medical Museum, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership, the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester's School of Museum Studies, the Museums Association and the National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing.
Collaborator Contribution H Chatterjee is Founder and Chair of the Alliance
Impact MUSEUMS FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING CONFERENCE (2 March 2016, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester) The first national conference of the National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing: https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com/news/
Start Year 2015
 
Description National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing 
Organisation University of Leicester
Department School of Museum Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our research has led to the development of a national consortium for museums and health which we lead in partnership with: National Museums Liverpool, the British Museum, the UK Medical Collections Group represented by the Thackray Medical Museum, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership, the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester's School of Museum Studies, the Museums Association and the National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing.
Collaborator Contribution H Chatterjee is Founder and Chair of the Alliance
Impact MUSEUMS FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING CONFERENCE (2 March 2016, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester) The first national conference of the National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing: https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com/news/
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collections Delivering Health Outcomes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK Medical Collections Group workshop

Increased awareness of research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Cultural Values workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Arts and Humanities Research Council workshop

Increased awareness of research methods
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Innovative Practices in Arts, Health and Wellbeing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Royal Society for Public Health training programme

Training exercise to show people how to use UCL Museums Wellbeing Measure which resulted in more people using the measure in their work settings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013