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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...

Mansfield Museum unveils ‘arts on prescription’ project to help victims of domestic abuse

At a time when domestic violence incidents have soared across the world with women becoming more vulnerable as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns, Mansfield Museum...

Museum’s ‘Chatter Box’ Programme Helps People With Dementia

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) said that it had been using what it referred to as an ‘unusually quiet time’ to make...

How attractions are using trails to take their work into the open air

COVID-19 has changed the way that we use our outside spaces. Through the course of the pandemic, getting outside has been an opportunity for exercise,...

Designing Museum Programmes for People with Dementia

Dementia has an impact on many people worldwide. 47.5 million people globally are living with some form of the condition. In the United States, there...

Best practice in health education in Museums

Educating the population about health issues is an important part of keeping people healthy and well. Health education encompasses physical, mental, social and emotional health....

Are museums good for your mental health?

Could it be that the benefits of the museum space go far beyond education? Museums have always been upheld as hubs of knowledge and culture;...

Researchers Suggest That Museum Visits Lead to Longer Lives

Museum trips and visits to art galleries are often thought of as good for the soul – a means of satisfying our curiosity about the...

Making the Museum Autism Friendly – Best Practice from Around the World

There are many museums working hard to make Autistic people feel welcome. Autism is a condition which affects how a person experiences the world around...

Mindfulness for Museum Professionals

There may be a few souls out there who still believe that academics, librarians and museum professionals live cloistered lives away from the hurly-burly of...

Access issues at Tate Modern Olafur Eliasson installation provoke anger

Limited access to an Olafur Eliasson art installation in Tate Modern has provoked an angry response from Irish Sunday Independent writer Ciara O’Connor. While visiting...

Museums Joining the Mental Health Conversation

Mental health issues will affect one in four people worldwide, at some point in their lives. People all over the world are living with conditions...

Film: Bringing Autism into Museums

In 2012 I had a different career and a different life. My daughter was diagnosed on the autism spectrum and I quit my job to...

Education, exhibitions and support – Tackling the topic of Cancer in the Museum

Cancer has a major impact on society in the United States and across the world. Most people know someone whose life has been affected in...

What do Museums have to do with Death and Dying?

Death happens to us all. And yet, adjusting to a terminal diagnosis or the death of a loved one can seem like an impossible task....

Reminiscence and adult learning for elderly audiences in open-air Museums

Worldwide, the general population is getting older. In EU countries, for example, 19.2 per cent of the population was over the age of 65 in...

Loneliness and Social Isolation – How Can Museums Help?

The issue of loneliness has been making headlines in recent years. More and more people are feeling isolated and alone. In fact, a recent study...

The Chicago company opening museum doors to people with autism

A visit to a museum can be challenging for a person with autism. People on the spectrum interact with the world in a different way....

Talking Art and Dementia at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Play is something we associate naturally with kids. We forget how to play as we get older; so, being given permission to play is highly...

Museum uses Virtual Reality to allow blind people to ‘see’ famous sculptures

Globally, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of distance or near vision impairment. Could Virtual Reality offer these people a...

Film: Museums Working With Veterans

Sarah Jesse, Associate Vice President of Education at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Barbara Kreski, Director, Horticultural Therapy Services, Chicago Botanic Garden spoke...