How cultural experiences can improve health and wellbeing

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A powerful partnership

More people than ever visit Greater Manchester’s museums and galleries. However they are much more than just enjoyable places to visit. They make a real contribution to health and well-being in the city, with recent research suggesting that those who regularly attend actually live longer.

It is for this reason that healthcare professionals frequently join forces with museums and galleries – often with impressive results, whether for patients or healthcare professionals themselves.

But don’t just take our word for it. Download the case studies or read Health and Culture to find out about the ground-breaking partnerships between healthcare and cultural professionals that are already taking place. Check our blog for the latest news, and follow the link to read more about + Culture Shots, a week-long series of events based in hospital environments which are run by museums and galleries.

You can also find out about our Research Project, Not So Grim Up North, which is looking into new methodologies for measuring the health and well-being impact of museum activities.

Facing Out: Life after treatment for facial cancer

An exhibition of portraits of people who have experienced facial cancers with their choice of artworks from the Whitworth.

Green Wellbeing

GROW is a partnership project from the Whitworth that promotes the well-being benefits of horticultural activities.