Heritage in Hospitals

Patient handling turtle carapace

This innovative three-year project took museum objects to the bedsides of hospital patients and older people in residential care homes to understand the impact of handling and discussing museum objects on patient wellbeing and happiness.

Consent and measures
Over 250 participants read the Patient Information Leaflet and signed the Consent Form agreeing to take part in the research and for digital audio recording (Medical Research Ethics Committee Approval MREC 06/Q050/78). Measures of wellbeing and happiness consisting of PANAS(Positive Affect Negative Affect Schedule), Wellness VAS and Happiness VAS (Visual Analogue Scale) were compared before and after the handling sessions. During the Heritage in Hospitals project, an Artist in Residence was employed to produce two exhibitions at University College Hospital and the Touch and Wellbeing interactive website to reflect the patients' experiences of object handing.
Dr Helen Chatterjee
Principal Investigator
Head of Research and Teaching
UCL Museums and Public Engagement
and a Senior Lecturer in Biology
University College London
Darwin Building
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Guy Noble
Arts Curator
University College London Hospital Arts
NHS Foundation Trust
ICT Directorate
3rd Floor, Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 7BN
Dr Linda Thomson
Research Associate
UCL Museums & Public Engagement
University College London
Room 118
Darwin Building
Gower Street
London W1E 6BT
h.chatterjee@ucl.ac.uk guy.noble@uclh.nhs.uk linda.thomson@ucl.ac.uk
020 7679 4104 (internal ext. 54104)
0845 1555 000 ext. 5451 020 7679 2649 (internal ext. 32649)

Correspondence and requests for materials should be addressed to Dr Helen Chatterjee.