A display at Bethlem Musuem of the Mind

Addressing mental health issues in museums

Rebecca Atkinson, 15.06.2015
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About a quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, and it can affect people of all ages and from all walks of life.

An interest in wellbeing and working with vulnerable or marginalised audiences has led many museums to work directly with people experiencing mental health issues. Others that have collections relating to the history of mental health have engaged with members of the community to include contemporary perspectives and responses to artefacts.

The latest edition of Museum Practice looks at how museums are addressing mental health issues and challenging negative stigma, through working on projects with people who have experienced problems.

The articles will explore how museums can represent mental health in their displays, particularly when working with related collections.

There are also case studies from a range of international museums.


Museum Practice on museums and mental health