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Museums, Health & Wellbeing Summit

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29 January 2024

All times are GMT (the time in London)

14:00 (GMT)

Protest Procession Parade

Learn how museums can collaborate with those who experience feelings of fear, anger or injustice and how they can create a platform for these experiences through making art

14:30 (GMT)

Reunion with the National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore seeks to be a museum for the people. It is Singapore’s oldest museum, and its collection, which is focused on Singapore’s history, offers rich potential for conversations and memories to be unlocked. With a rapidly ageing population and increasing incidence of people diagnosed with dementia, how might the museum support the health and wellbeing of our seniors? Find out how the National Museum of Singapore went about building Reunion, together with stakeholders, to create the first dedicated social space for seniors, including those living with dementia and mild cognitive impairment, in Singapore.

15:00 (GMT)

Trailblazing at the National Gallery of Ireland: Using cultural art therapy to empower women

Lavinia Fontana was an amazing woman, whose life experiences of 400 years ago are still profoundly relatable to women today, raising issues of gender inequalities and female empowerment. Inspired by the Gallery’s recent exhibition, Lavinia Fontana: Trailblazer, Rule Breaker, and speaking to our strategic priority to integrate the therapeutic health benefits of creativity into Gallery programming, this project saw the development of an art therapy programme for women availing of domestic violence support services around Dublin. Utilising the Gallery’s collection, we worked to bring tangible health and wellbeing benefits to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

15:30 (GMT)

Small Programmes with Big Outcomes

What does cultural social prescribing look like? A new programme at Oxford University Museums has evidenced a positive effect on the self-confidence and social confidence of young people experiencing mild-moderate mental health issues. Susan, Sarah and participants will share their reflections on the programme’s unexpected outcomes, from unintentionally supporting families, to creating bonds between staff, participants and health professionals. They will also share practical advice that will shape future social prescriptions – how simple ideas can make the deepest impact on wellbeing, and the importance of partnering with link workers to provide vital support and opportunities for young people

16:00 (GMT)

See Listen Talk - a phenomenological study of slow looking for young psychiatric users

In Copenhagen, Denmark, the Frederiksberg Museums in 2023 have led the “See Listen Talk” project, focusing on young psychiatric users. The intention has been a phenomenological study of how the museums’ distinctive spaces and artworks can contribute to the personal recovery process. The study reveals intriguing aspects, indicating that the slow looking methods participants learn and practice in the secure museum environment can be applied to their life beyond the museum walls. Participants report experiencing a valuable aid that mitigates stress and intrusive thoughts while assisting in structuring their daily, work, or study life.

16:30 (GMT)

Break

17:00 (GMT)

How can modern art help children take on the challenges of tomorrow?

Transforming the entire country‘s approach to cultural education for children in four years is an ambitious plan for a single museum. This mission has been a success for the MO Museum! Before its opening in 2018, few could imagine that an art institution could contribute to children’s wellbeing. Fast-forward to 2023, around 50 000 children have already taken part in the process. The key to success are the innovative methods used to help children develop creativity, critical thinking, social and emotional skills. All of these are vital for building resilience and nurturing children‘s adaptability to the challenges of the 21st century.

17:30 (GMT)

The Release: Hip Hop Art and Mental Health

In conjunction with the exhibition The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21 Century, The Saint Louis Art Museum and Harris Stowe State University Counseling Services, hosted a public on campus event focused on mental health art making and the inspirations of hip hop. Harris-Stowe is the only Historically Black College and University in St. Louis and prioritizes student success by providing affordable and quality higher education to underserved populations.

18:00 (GMT)

St John's Hospital Museum: 800 years of care in Bruges

In what ways is a century-old museum collection about care and history still relevant and engaging to visitors today? The completely revamped Saint John’s Hospital Museum is not only a historic hospital from the 12th century, it also tells stories that guests experience and live with the heart. In an intuitive way, the museum develops attractive public tools that connect the historical collection with a story about 800 years of care in the city past and present. It also engages specific audiences in an museum operation about care and well-being.

18:30 (GMT)

Quiet visits and slow art: making your collection more accessible

Since 2021 Museum Hof van Busleyden has been developing ways to reach an audience who traditionally experience boundaries when visiting museums. Through quiet visits and slow art sessions people with burnout, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and many other types of neurodivergence can enjoy art at their own pace. These calming cultural experiences are open to anyone. Everyone who enjoys a low stimulus environment can join: introverts rejoice!

19:00 (GMT)

Patient-Centered Robot Tours at The Ringling Museum of Art

The robot tour program designed by The Ringling allows patients receiving treatment to “walk” the galleries with a museum educator while in their hospital room with an employee from Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMHCS). Rooted in co-visiting and self-regulation, this holistic patient-centered program allows virtual museum visitors to be in control of their tour, providing a complementary approach in assisting with difficulties such as pain, anxiety, and general distraction. Join the presenters in a discussion on how integrative healthcare is using virtual museum visits with robots!

30 January 2024

All times are GMT (the time in London)

14:00 (GMT)

Culture Dose for Kids

Culture Dose for Kids (CDK) art for children’s wellbeing is an 8-week arts engagement program supporting children(9-12yrs), with anxiety and their families developed as a collaborative partnership between the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Black Dog Institute. CDK explores the transformative capacity of mindfully connecting with art and art making in promoting mental health in a non-clinical setting. The Art Gallery’s experience in developing inclusive, multi-sensory Access program models including the Starting with Art program for students with disability and the Art and Dementia program has informed CDK’s development.

14:30 (GMT)

A Framework for Action: Bringing the arts and mental health together

Do you relax by watching a film, reading a novel, listening to music, drawing or painting? Stop and think about how these activities affect your overall health. Art can produce feelings of joy, relaxation, and social inclusion, and can drastically improve mental health and wellbeing. A growing body of evidence shows that museums can bring benefits to individual and community health and wellbeing in their role as public forums, including helping people to make sense of the world and their place within it. This talk highlights the development and outcomes of arts engagement programs that bridge countries.

15:00 (GMT)

What role can museums play in supporting parents and carers?

Sheffield Museums Public Programme is a wide range of events and activities which are delivered across our sites to appeal to a broad range of visitors with different lived experiences and interests and encourage curiosity, learning & thought. This talk reflects back on Sheffield Museums development of Baby Friendly Art Classes and Memory Cafes for visitor wellbeing and how we used existing workshop models to expand our reach to different audiences.

15:30 (GMT)

Nature for Nurture - building wellbeing and resilience through school gardening

Explore the creation and delivery of Superbloom Schools, an impactful gardening and wellbeing project involving 100,000 young people across the UK. Created in the wake of Covid19 and its damaging effect on young people’s mental health, the project supported teachers to create their own ‘Superbloom’ garden for wellbeing. The experience proved transformational for both the schools and Historic Royal Palaces. This presentation will explore the challenges of moving beyond your comfort zone as an organisation and the multiple rewards it brings.

16:00 (GMT)

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage: Sound, Memory and Wellbeing - the power of listening together

The British Library has been working with range of partners as part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project, bringing together heritage and health practitioners, artists and therapists, to work with different users to explore the potential of sound as a powerful wellbeing tool. The organisations have been using the rich content from its sound archives to develop new programmes and resources that inspire creativity, stimulate memory and enhance wellbeing. Sounds that draw on nature including birdsong, music and poetry, or coastal life, have been used to engage and support individuals with various needs. From improving mental health and supporting people recovering from brain injuries, to inspiring new resources for people living with dementia and their carers.

This paper will aim to share some of the finding and lessons learned, taken from a number of partners and case studies, with a focus on a selection of the organisations who took part, including Care Visions, The Brain Charity, and Free Space Project. Other national partners included Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum who worked with Recovery Connections and Northumbria NHS Healthcare Trust, Norfolk Record Offices who worked with mental health charity the Restoration Trust amongst others. The presentation would feature some of the ways in which the sessions were developed, the types of resources produced and some of the practical ways in which sound- can be used as digital tool for therapy as well as resource for collective listening.

16:30 (GMT)

Break

17:00 (GMT)

Art and technology for the well-being of dementia patients

ARTEMIS Digital aims to enhance the emotional well-being and quality of life for people with dementia and strengthen the relationship between individuals with dementia and their caregivers. To achieve this, an innovative art-based web application designed for this specific target audience will be developed, implemented, and evaluated. This application will be accessible both in private settings (care facilities or at home) and within the museum.

17:30 (GMT)

An alliance between Museums for Alzheimers

In Tuscany 26 institutions, representing 70 museums, created a formalized system, the Museum of Tuscany for Alzheimer’s System, with the aim of promoting a social change and a community response to the issue of dementia more effectively.

18:00 (GMT)

Archaeology on Prescription: A Case Study

Discover the power and potential that archaeology has to facilitate well being and support mental health. Just inside Walmgate Bar in York’s city center, the site of a former care home is due for redevelopment. However, before this takes place, York Archaeology’s Community Engagement team have been running a social prescribing project called Archaeology on Prescription which uses archaeological fieldwork to support health and wellbeing of local residents. Breaking down the archaeological process into accessible steps, participants undertake archaeological fieldwork, finds processing, recording and researching, contributing ultimately to the final site archaeological record.

18:30 (GMT)

An Exploration of Science Through the Senses

The Science Musuem, London contains a number of large, often busy galleries with exhibits and interactives to stimulate all the senses, but what are the implications of these for visitors and colleagues with sensory access requirements and people living with Dementia? Join colleagues from the Community Partnership Team to explore some of the potential sensory barriers across our musuem spaces but also hear how we are using a ‘sense-based’ approach to Collection engagement.

19:00 (GMT)

Libraries for Health and Wellbeing

While libraries play an active role in supporting community health and wellbeing, they don’t always have the evidence and data to prove their impact. Developing a world first Libraries for Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework has helped Victorian public libraries in their advocacy to key stakeholders and the community.