How cultural experiences can improve health and wellbeing


Fantastic day on Monday presenting the Whitworth and Manchester Museum arts & health work at the House of Lords

About 2 months ago

A powerful partnership

More people than ever visit Greater Manchester’s museums and galleries. Yet they are much more than just enjoyable places to visit. They make a real contribution to health and wellbeing, 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 watch this video to find out more about + Culture Shots.

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


Clod Ensemble’s An Anatomie in Four Quarters is a visual poem, set to an original score for live strings, percussion and voice, in which the magnificent anatomy of the Lowry’s Lyric theatre is dissected.

An Anatomie in Four Quarters

The performance features an international cast of dancers, actors and musicians. An audience of just 200 will have the unique experience of viewing the performance from different viewpoints as they cut a path through the theatre.

28, 29 and 30 April, 6.30pm or 8.30pm. Running time is 60 mins. Tickets cost £15. For more information and to book tickets click here.

Discounted tickets are available on Fri 29 and Sat 30, costing only £11, for NHS workers, university students and staff. Either enter the code “special11rateor follow this link. Please remember to bring valid ID to prove your status.

Not So Grim Up North

A research project looking at how taking part in museum and gallery activities can help improve health and wellbeing.


Coming Soon! Resources for museum professionals, artists and health and social care professionals

Green Wellbeing

GROW is a new partnership project from the Whitworth that promotes the wellbeing benefits of horticultural activities