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The Happy Museum

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The Happy Museum – a health and wellbeing for people of all ages at Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds.
Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds, is part of Leeds Museums and Galleries. The Happy Museum is a national scheme which encourages museums to contribute to the health, wellbeing and sustainability agenda.

Bringing the arts to life: a guide to the arts and long-term care

Organisation: 
Global Alliance for the Arts in Health (US); IDEAS Institute

This latest resource from the Global Alliance for Arts & Health, published in partnership with IDEAS Institute and The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, provides examples of how the arts in long-term care communities can play a key role in person-centered care by engaging older adults in the artistic process.

Research Directory (Global Alliance for Arts in Health - US)

Organisation: 
Global Alliance for the Arts in Health (US)

This Research Directory, made possible by a partnership with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, is regularly updated with research from the field.  

A Right Old Song & Dance: evaluation

Organisation: 
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

A Right Old Song and Dance was an Awards for All funded residency at Dorset County Hospital for a storyteller and musician who worked with patients on Barnes Ward, particularly those with dementia. It was conceived by the Arts in Hospital programme and nursing staff on the ward as a way to enhance the clinical and social wellbeing of patients and staff.

Medicine, Health & the Arts

Organisation: 
University of Bristol; Bournemouth University; Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine

In recent decades, both medical humanities and medical history have emerged as rich and varied sub-disciplines. Medicine, Health and the Arts is a collection of specially commissioned essays designed to bring together different approaches to these complex fields.

Seabreeze: South London Mental Health Trial

Organisation: 
South London & the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London; Dance United

The partners wanted to test an intervention for young adults aged 18 – 35 living in south London in the early stages of diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar and other mental health conditions. The typical profiles included those who had sought help for psychological problems, with impairment in psychosocial functioning and specific signs and symptoms indicating high risk of bipolar disorder; those with an early diagnosis of schizophrenia, or experiencing psychosis or being treated by their GP for depression/anxiety.

The art of being healthy: a qualitative study to develop a thematic framework for understanding the relationship between health and the arts

Organisation: 
The University of Western Australia; Murdoch University, Western Australia

Objective In recent years the health–arts nexus has received increasing attention; however, the relationship is not well understood and the extent of possible positive, negative and unintended outcomes is unknown.

Department of Health building notes

Organisation: 
Department of Health (UK)

Health building notes give best practice guidance on the design and planning of new healthcare buildings and on the adaptation/extension of existing facilities.

They provide information to support the briefing and design processes for individual projects in the NHS building programme.

(For reference - April 2014, LAHF website:

Clay Transformations

Organisation: 
Nottingham University

Clay Transformations was an innovative research project based at the University of Nottingham which investigated the therapeutic effects of using clay in work with teenagers dealing with feelings of anger, anxiety and depression. The project team was a cross disciplinary mix of academics, psychologists, psychotherapists and local artists, teamed up with professionals in the NHS, third sector and colleagues at Nottingham Contemporary and City Arts.

Why Singing in a Choir is Good for You

Organisation: 
Oxford Brookes University
Singing in a choir can be good for our psychological well-being. Researchers set up an online study asking 375 people who sang in choirs, sang alone or were members of sports teams about their experience of these activities. All three leisure activities yielded high levels of well-being, but the analysis of the results revealed statistically significant, evidence of higher reported well-being in people who sang with a choir compared to those who sang alone.
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