UCL Grand Challenges


Between Spaces: Museums and Mental Wellbeing in Young People

A Human Wellbeing project funded by a Grand Challenge Small Grant in 2017.

1 October 2017


Grant: Grand Challenges Small Grants
Part of Adolescent Lives
Year awarded: 2017-18
Amount awarded: £3,550


  • Humera Iqbal, Department of Social Science, IOE
  • Dean Veall, Grant Museum, External

Dr Humera Iqbal, Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Social Science, Institute of Education, in collaboration with Dean Veall, Learning and Access Officer, Grant Museum of Zoology, Professional Services, and Dr Katie Quy, Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Social Science, Institute of Education explored what impact using ideas from museum spaces and creative practice had on young people based at psychiatric inpatient settings.

The project asked how can we foster a sense of belonging in young people with mental health needs in inpatient hospital settings a) to wider society (and a connection to the outside world) b) within the unit as a space of wellbeing?