Museums on Prescription

Museum objects in the community

Museums on Prescription (MoP) is a three year research project (2014-2017) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council investigating the value of heritage encounters in social prescribing. Social prescribing links patients in primary care to sources of community support with a view to improving health and wellbeing. MoP will connect socially isolated, vulnerable and lonely older people, referred through local NHS and Local Authority Adult Social Care services, to partner museums in Central London and Kent.

MoP partners
MoP will seek to research the processes, practices, value and impact of social prescription schemes in the arts and cultural sector with specific reference to museums (including galleries). The project is supported by work carried out over several years into touch and wellbeing, assessing the benefits of heritage objects in healthcare. MoP is a multi-site collaboration involving a range of partner organisations.
Research Team and AHRC Logo

Meet the research team:

(from left to right) Helen Chatterjee,
Paul Camic and Linda Thomson

Dr Helen Chatterjee is the Principal Investigator and head of the project, a Senior Lecturer in Biology in UCL’s School of Life and Medical Sciences, and Head of Research and Teaching for UCL’s Cultural and Public Engagement Department.    
Professor Paul Camic is Co-Investigator and Professor of Psychology & Public Health and Research Director, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Paul Camic's website
Dr Linda Thomson is the project’s Lead Postdoctoral Research Associate and Cognitive Psychologist at UCL.
Dr Bridget Lockyer is the project's
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Dr Theo Stickley is the project’s External Advisor and Associate Professor of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham.