Museums and Wellbeing Week under way

Activities across the UK include creative workshops, tai chi and photography
Jonathan Knott
Museums and Wellbeing Week is now under way, offering museums the chance to showcase their work relating to health and wellbeing.

The week is co-ordinated by the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing, a consortium led by UCL Culture.

Participating institutions include the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, which is holding an informal event on Friday for anyone affected by dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters. The occasion, which includes an offer of tea and cake, will involve working with an artist to explore contemporary crafts in Scotland.

In Wales, Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery in Llanelli will hold workshops from 15-18 March where artists will lead visitors on a creative journey “to discover, explore and make”. And yesterday, Monmouthshire Museum Service hosted an afternoon reminiscing about life in the 1950s, including the opportunity to share memories with students from a local school.

Events in England include a tai chi session at the Roman Baths in Bath held yesterday, and a family photography workshop at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Saturday. And on Thursday, the Association of Volunteer Managers is holding an event at the Whitworth in Manchester on measuring the health and wellbeing benefits of volunteering.

As well as events, a number of exhibitions are linked to the week. These include And Breathe… which opens at Manchester Art Gallery on Thursday. The show was co-curated with a community mental health group and primary school pupils, and explores the relationship between art, positive mental health and wellbeing.
And at M Shed in Bristol, Brave Poor Things, open until 15 April, explores how Bristol's Guild of the Brave Poor Things helped disabled people by providing community, solidarity and access to work for almost 100 years from the late 1890s onward.

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