The House of Memories dementia project at National Museums Liverpool

Second health and wellbeing survey launches

Jonathan Knott, 06.09.2017
Consortium will publish report next spring
A new survey mapping health and wellbeing interventions across the museum sector has launched.

The survey is being run by the National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing (NAMHW), a consortium led by University College London (UCL) Culture that includes a number of museums as well as the Museums Association.

The alliance, which is funded by Arts Council England, will publish a report of the results next spring.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and will close on 9 October. It follows the alliance’s first survey last year, which was used to compile an online database of projects and create a preliminary report on museums and wellbeing.

Respondents to the second survey are asked to provide details of five recent health- or wellbeing-related programmes or activities, as well as advice based on their experience of this work.

They are invited to consider wellbeing “in the broadest possible terms”. NAMHW said that examples of relevant projects would be “moves to improve staff or volunteer wellbeing, or the creation of safe and welcoming spaces for families with young children”.

The survey comes amid growing interest in the potential for museums to contribute to health and wellbeing outcomes. Another UCL-led venture, Museums on Prescription, has investigated the value of museum encounters in social prescribing over the past three years. It will hold an end of project workshop on 29 September.

NAMHW also runs the Museums for Health and Wellbeing conference, which will next be held at Thinktank in Birmingham on 13 March 2018, and Museums and Wellbeing Week, which will next take place from 12-18 March 2018.

The alliance is working towards merging with another cultural sector body, the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, next year.

Links and downloads

Introduction to the second NAHMW survey (pdf)

Second NAMHW survey 

Museums for Health and Wellbeing: A Preliminary Report (pdf)