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Creating multi-sensory experiences for disabled audiences at the Van Abbemuseum

Museums are places of constant inspiration. They can be a riot for all senses and an experience that can stay with visitors forever. However, if...

Art Helps at the National Galleries of Scotland

Engaging with art is proven to have a positive impact on our general wellbeing. Spending time in a gallery or taking part in an engagement...

Wellbeing Through Museum Collections

Museums attract a diverse set of audiences, and the aim of any cultural institution is to engage each audience in the content and activity of...

Wellbeing with Vincent

The subject of wellbeing and mental health within arts and cultural institutions is often centred around displaying or using objects to provide therapeutic assistance to...

How The Metropolitan Museum of Art Used Conversation to Reduce Social Isolation

Social isolation isn’t a new phenomenon. But it was certainly experienced more widely over the course of the Covid pandemic than at any other time...

Using trauma-sensitive mindfulness in museums

In a busy and stressful world, practising mindfulness can be a gateway to navigating the more challenging aspects of our lifestyles. Museums and galleries can...

Supporting museum staff in a trauma infused world

Increasingly, museums are recognising the importance of supporting staff and volunteers with a programme of support to assist in the delivery of emotional or traumatic...

Supporting Mental Wellbeing at Kew Palace

As the home of King George III while receiving treatment during his periods of severe ill mental health, Kew Palace is no stranger to the...

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...

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;...

Breast Cancer Awareness Exhibition says, “Do Touch the Artworks”

The Fernández Blanco Museum, in the City of Buenos Aires is hosting an interactive exhibition called “The art of self-examination”, which aims to help women...

How The Met Celebrates Disability Through Art

All museums and galleries agree that accessibility is important in a museum space. But it is something that is difficult to achieve. Budgets are tight,...

In conversation with: Samantha Bowen, SEND in Museums

An experienced museum professional, an educator, an inclusion campaigner, developer of the highly regarded SEND in Museums website and SEND mum; Sam Bowen is an...

Moving Beyond a Traditional Museum Access Programmes

The New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, New York is an institution that knows how to engage with its audience. The team at the museum...

How museums can help to develop self-confidence

How are cultural institutions able to make visitors feel better about themselves? The benefits of visiting a museum or gallery, be it in person or...

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 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...