How cultural experiences can improve health and wellbeing

Museums Association Conference 17th November 2017

Last week the project team presented at the Museum Association Conference in Manchester.

In our session, ‘Museums, Health and Wellbeing Research’, the project PI Prof Helen Chatterjee and the postdoctoral Researcher Dr Nuala Morse were joined by our partners for a panel discussion.

  • Jason Spruce, a project participant and current Volunteer on the Art & Culture Club at Trafford General Hospital
  • Helen Rogers, Acting Head of Nursing at Trafford General Hospital
  • Lionel Joyce, Chair of Road to Recovery in Newcastle.

 

The panel shared their reflection on being involved in the research. Helen and Nuala presented some of the research findings, and the collaborative research framework developed through the research.  Jason was a real inspiration, sharing personal story of his own experience of stroke, the impact of taking part in the art activites at the time during his hospital stay, and why he now volunteers to help others.

Helen spoke about how being directly involved in supporting the research has had a really positive impact on staff at Trafford General. Lionel explained his work with people with addictions and the role that museums can play as cultural leaders in wider social change.

Over 100 delegates attended the session. A great start to our dissemination phase as we start sharing the research findings with the sector. More here soon!