Mansfield Museum

Get involved with Museums and Wellbeing Week

Jonathan Knott, 23.02.2016
Institutions encouraged to showcase work on wellbeing
Museums are being urged to participate in the first National Museums and Wellbeing Week, which will run from 29 February until 6 March.

The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing, which is coordinating the week, describes it as “an opportunity for museums to showcase their health and wellbeing offer and raise awareness of this valuable area of work”.

The alliance, a consortium of museums and related organisations including the Museums Association, is funded by Arts Council England. It will hold its first national conference on 2 March at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

One institution taking part is Mansfield Museum, which will distribute postcards to local businesses with routes around the museum and an outdoor heritage trail. There are three trails, which are designed to take less than fifteen minutes each and intended to encourage people to have a “mindful and restful lunch break”.

Artist-led courses for people with mental health difficulties will be run in four Suffolk museums, including Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury and the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. The courses involve examining museum objects alongside a variety of creative activities. 

Other events set to take place include a death fair at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and a tai chi session at the Roman Baths in Bath.

Alistair Brown, the policy officer at the Museums Association, said: “This is a really exciting initiative which puts the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing at the heart of the movement to improve health and wellbeing projects in the UK’s museums. I’d encourage any museum with an interest in these issues to get involved.”