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How museums can make their websites more accessible

In the age of inclusivity, making resources more accessible is the way forward for organisations and institutions across all industries. For the heritage and cultural...

Can museums help combat anxiety?

The soothing qualities of art and cultural are well established. Taking part in activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, photography or simply viewing art have long...

How can museums create employment opportunities for the neurodiverse community?

Whilst there’s growing momentum towards greater inclusivity across UK workplaces, creating employment opportunities for the nation’s neurodiverse community still remains something of a challenge. However,...

How to make museums accessible to people with dementia

According to the latest review of data, there are some 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Globally, this devastating disease affects more than...

How museums are rethinking disability representation

As society strives for better inclusivity and accessibility across all areas of life, the museum sector can rightly claim to be working as hard as...

How Museums can become spaces for care

Thanks to the modern news cycle and the drive for incessant clickbait, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the world constantly bounces from one crisis...

How museums are helping socially isolated older adults

They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder. Well, that’s certainly been brought into sharp (and painful) focus over the past two years. The...

In conversation with: Heidi Holder, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chair of Education, The Met

Over the course of the pandemic, cultural organisations around the world turned to digital in order to gain and retain the hearts and minds of...

How can museums embrace art therapy techniques?

Museums are rightfully gaining recognition as spaces for emotional healing, as well as intellectual learning. Here’s how. Self-care as a concept and as a practice...

Museum visits can be a powerful tool in the quest for greater mindfulness

How better to force ourselves to stay in the present and appreciate every moment than by surrounding ourselves with the very best of art and...

In conversation with: Carol Rogers, Director of House of Memories, National Museums Liverpool

The national and international success of dementia awareness programme, House of Memories is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Carol Rogers MBE...

How can museums increase accessibility for neurodiverse audiences?

Working to make museums accessible to a bigger, broader and more varied audience is something that we can all agree on. But as we are...

Museums and healthcare providers: a partnership to drive positive outcomes for wellbeing in the community

Once upon a time front line healthcare was heavily weighted towards the treatment of physical ailments and diseases of the body. And while most GPs...

How can museums increase accessibility for dyslexic visitors?

With a mission to educate, inform and entertain, museums play fundamental roles in sparking interest and inspiring visitors of all ages, backgrounds and neurocognitive function....

How museums are offering meditation and mindfulness sessions

The popularity of mindfulness and meditation have grown exponentially in recent years. Whether it’s our unfathomably busy schedules that are piling on the pressure or...

How museums can remove barriers to access for blind and partially sighted people

We tend to think of museums and galleries as visual spaces, but it’s important to remember that a visit to a museum can be just...

What social prescribing can do for museums

With COVID-19 turning society on its head for the past two years, we’re all more familiar with the concept and consequences of social isolation. We...

Combatting burnout in the museum sector

The term “burnout” isn’t a new one but it certainly feels like it’s a word that’s been on everyone’s lips for the last 12 months....

In conversation with: Louise Thompson, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Manchester Art Gallery

“I’m a bit of a health and wellbeing nerd and I’m in my dream job, so I just love exploring how we can make museums...

In conversation with: Sander Daams, Head of Education, Groninger Museum

How can museums support highly stressed and sometimes traumatised individuals to improve their mental health, reduce isolation and develop their skillset in the process?  That’s...

The role of museums in supporting the wellbeing of children and families

When we consider the modern lifestyle there often seems to be a distinct lack of good old-fashioned, wholesome fun to be found. Although advances in...

How can museums improve their staff wellbeing?

In any workplace, staff wellbeing plays a vital role in ensuring that the environment is healthy, harmonious and productive. Without a valued team that pulls...

The importance of Mental Health First Aid in museums

The provision of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is growing as a trend across many industry sectors around world. Yet capitalising on its popularity isn’t...

What are Mindful Museums and how can they help us with our mental health?

Mindfulness is a bit of a buzzword recently. This is because there are many studies that say it has a positive impact on health and...