Touch and wellbeing

Objects in the Community

Over the past few years we have been researching the role of museums in improving health and wellbeing with a special focus on the benefits of touch and object handling for people in hospitals and healthcare settings.

Heritage in Hospitals
MUSEUMS ON PRESCRIPTION
A three year AHRC-funded research project investigating the value of heritage encounters in social prescribing with a view to improving health and wellbeing

MUSEUM WELLBEING MEASURES
A study funded by the AHRC, which developed the UCL Museum Wellbeing Measure Toolkit suitable for older adults and people with dementia, involving over 30 specialist museums and healthcare partners
NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MUSEUMS, HEALTH & WELLBEING
A network to support the museum sector's work around health and wellbeing, to share information and provide guidance on health commissioning partnerships

Workshops and publications



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NOT SO GRIM UP NORTH
An Arts Council England-funded research project that seeks to fill gaps in the evidence base for understanding the value of museum encounters on health and wellbeing
PUBLICATIONS
The results of these studies have led to the publication of books and book chapters, practice guides, exhibition brochures and a number of journal articles on health and wellbeing
PAST PROJECTS
Details of part projects including Heritage in Hospitals, Touching Heritage and a series of Wellbeing Workshops




For further information contact:

Dr Helen Chatterjee
Professor of Biology, UCL Biosciences

Head of Research and Teaching, UCL Public and Cultural Engagement
Tel: 020 3108 4104

h.chatterjee@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Linda Thomson
Research Associate, UCL Public and Cultural Engagement

Tel: 020 7679 2649

linda.thomson@ucl.ac.uk

 


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