Why Museums Matter for Mental Health Symposium

Roz Bonnet, 04.02.2019

Want to deepen your practical understanding of ways in which your museum can make a difference to participants’ mental health and wellbeing?

Want to hear the perspectives of researchers and health professionals, arts organisations and museums who’ve worked in partnership to deliver wellbeing benefits?  Then a learning symposium for heritage, health and arts professionals taking place on 5 April 2019 in Bath could be the development opportunity for you.

This cross-sector event will bring together museums, arts organisations and mental health and social care professionals to talk about the benefits, challenges and outcomes of working together on health and heritage projects which use creativity to promote mental health and wellbeing.

As well as keynote speakers from the heritage and health fields, The Holburne (and Bath museum partners) will be sharing learning from their 3 year Pathways to Wellbeing programme (ending in May 2019) and will focus on how Museums can act as inclusive, therapeutic spaces, inspiring creativity to promote mental health and wellbeing.

South West Museum Development is awarding bursaries to support up to 7 places on this symposium (covering £30 ticket price AND travel/ accomodation up to a total of £120, payable only against receipts), for staff or volunteers in relevant roles at Accredited/Working towards Accreditation museums*.

*Please note that Museums in receipt of ACE National Portfolio Organisation funding are not eligible for this support.

Priority in allocating places will be given to museums in the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, for whom travel costs may be a barrier to attending, but be assured that applications from all over the South West region are welcomed and all applications will be considered.

To apply for a subsidised place, please complete our application form, including details of:

  • How your attendance fits with your Museum’s training plan
  • Confirmation from your line manager
  • How you would apply your learning from the course within your museum’s work  (show links, where possible, to your museum’s forward planning)
  • Confirmation that you would report back on an aspect of the Symposium, either via the Museum Volunteering Forum (if you are an existing Forum attender) or via a Guest Post on our blog, within 6 months of April 2019.
  • Your expected travel arrangements and costs

Deadline for applications:  5 pm Wednesday February 27 2019.  If successful, your place will be booked centrally by South West Museum Development. Travel and accommodation costs must be purchased by the successful applicant (museum’) and then submit travel receipts to South West Museum Development in order to be reimbursed; you will be reimbursed by April 15 2019.

Any questions?  Contact: [email protected]


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