How cultural experiences can improve health and wellbeing


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The Whitworth and Manchester Museum are part of the Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership which provides creative arts for health programmes for our local community, hospital patients and staff. The Partnership works with their collections and a wide range of creative practitioners to improve people’s well-being, the patient environment and creative learning opportunities. We develop our programmes in consultation with community health service providers, hospital staff, GPs and patients to help support improvements to the quality of care delivered by health professionals.

This website is a chance to find out how culture works, and how it can make a real contribution to health and well-being. Health and Culture was developed from the Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership, which provides creative arts for health programmes for the local community, hospital patients and staff. One key programme is +Culture Shots, a week-long series of free events, bringing art and culture into the hospital environment.

As cultural leaders in Arts and Health, in 2012 we were recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health with two awards for outstanding and innovative contributions to Arts & Health research & practice.

You can read more about the work of the partnership in our report below.

Health and Culture is also home to Not So Grim Up North, a research project looking at new methodologies for measuring the health and well-being impact of museum and gallery activities. The project was a partnership between researchers at University College London and museum partners, the Whitworth, Manchester Museum and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

Looking to inform and inspire, we want you to start thinking about culture in a new way, or to contact us to find out how museums and galleries can help you improve the health and well-being of the patients in your care.