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Museums as Spaces for Wellbeing

  • 9 hours
  • No start date - work at your own pace

Overview

This online course will help you develop, deliver and evaluate health and wellbeing work within a museum, heritage or cultural organisation.

The course aims to:

  • define what health and wellbeing provision can be within a cultural organisation
  • show how this work fits into new thinking within the health sector
  • use best practice examples to inspire new work and ensure provision is sustainable and suitable for your organisation and community
  • demonstrate how evaluation can be utilised succesfully in order to pilot and improve your provision
  • establish how health and wellbeing work can be embedded on an organisational level
  • provide practical step-by-step advice on how to get started or how to reframe existing work

Throughout the course you'll be encouraged to reflect on what you have learnt and how you can apply this in your organisation.

This course has been created by The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing. UCL Culture is a leading member of this consortium.

Course content and structure

The course is entirely online and you can study at your own pace.

It has six modules:

  1. An introduction to health and wellbeing
  2. Partnership and co-creation
  3. Types of audiences and activities
  4. Measuring impact
  5. Organisational change
  6. Next steps

Each module is divided into a number of sections on key themes. For each section you'll read a brief explanation and learn about a relevant case study, in the form as a short film, pdf or report.

You'll also be asked to reflect on your learning using your own experience and practice. These exercises won't be marked or assessed, but will help you to take your own work forward.

Who the course is for

The course is aimed at professionals working in museum, heritage or cultural organisations and anyone else interested in health and wellbeing work in this sector.

It will be useful for those who haven't yet undertaken work in this area, or those who are already doing so but would like support in certain aspects of their provision.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you'll:

  • understand what health and wellbeing is as a general concept, the health sector and how it works to enable joint working, and how to embed wellbeing within the whole museum
  • be able to undertake health and wellbeing work, such as partnership working, co-creation with audiences, measuring impact, safeguarding and influencing senior staff  
  • have the confidence to start and sustainably deliver health and wellbeing programmes 
  • be inspired by good practice examples of health and wellbeing programmes and activities
  • be able to change people’s perception of what health and wellbeing provision looks like, in order to influence organisational change

About The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is funded by Arts Council England (2015-2018) and led by:

  • UCL Culture
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • The British Museum
  • UK Medical Collections Group, represented by the Thackray Medical Museum
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership
  • Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies
  • Museums Association
  • National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Other partners include Public Health England, Happy Museum Project, Age Friendly Museums Network, Age of Creativity, Group for Education in Museums, Sport Heritage Network, Cultural Commissioning Project and Wellcome.  

Course team

Laura Bedford

Laura is Project Coordinator for the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing. She has over 15 years' experience within learning roles in the museum sector and has an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She's keen to encourage others to undertake health and wellbeing work and has seen first-hand how museums can support the wellbeing of individuals, especially through her work with older people in her previous role at the Geffrye Museum. Her role with Alliance includes running England-wide training days, which form the basis of this course.


Professor Helen Chatterjee

Helen is Chair and Co-Founder of the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing. She's Professor of Biology at the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences and Head of Research and Teaching in UCL Culture. Her research interests include the value of cultural encounters in health and wellbeing and she has published numerous papers in this area. She's co-author of the book 'Museums, Health and Well-being' and has worked with numerous museum partners, as well as health and social care organisations. In 2015, Helen was awarded an MBE for services to Higher Education and Culture.


Sarah Desmarais

Sarah is Research Assistant for the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing. She's also a practising fine art and textile print maker, psychotherapist and arts facilitator in community and arts-for-health settings. She's investigated the impacts of heritage, making and learning on health and wellbeing in a variety of ethnographic and practice-based research projects. Between 2012 and 2015 she researched in-depth the benefits of crafting for mental health. She also supervises doctoral research at the Royal College of Art, London.


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Course information last modified: 29 Jun 2018, 08:10

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