museums

Geffrye Museum projects and programmes

Evergreens tabletop gardening, Geffrye Museum

For over a decade the Geffrye Museum has worked with older adults (55+) from the local community through a variety of projects and programmes grounded in strong relationships with local older peoples services.  At the start of 2015, the Geffrye was awarded three years funding from the City Bridge Trust (2015-2017) in order to build on the museum’s successes and deepen engagement with more vulnerable older adults through the Feeling at Home project.

Museum of Oxford Memory Lane and Movers & Shakers reminiscence group

Museum of Oxford Memory Lane
Museum of Oxford Memory Lane

Memory Lane
The Memory Lane reminiscence session is a regular group that meet at the Museum of Oxford to encourage older people to attend the Museum and share reminiscences around a theme. Some sessions are held at local heritage sites to tie in with a particular topic. The project aims to engage older audiences in Museum activities and use the material collected to inform Museum exhibitions and projects. The project began in 2010 and is now an established part of the Museums programme.

Museum of Oxford Recipes and Reminiscence intergenerational Project

Charles Stone, Museum of Oxford
Jean Gibbons, Museum of Oxford
Museum of Oxford

Two well attended reminiscence events took place, each looking at different aspects of Oxford’s food history. The second session took place at Taste of the Tropics pop up Caribbean Café in East Oxford. This gave participants the opportunity to try Caribbean cuisine and to experience Caribbean culture. For some this was a new experience.

Museum of Oxford Morris Motors Centenary Reminiscence Project

Museum of Oxford
Museum of Oxford
Museum of Oxford

To mark the Morris Motors Centenary (100 years of car making in Oxford) the  Reminiscence Officer at the Museum of Oxford teamed up with the Learning and Access Manager from Hands On Oxfordshire’s Heritage (part of Oxfordshire’s County Museum Service) to deliver a series of 7 Morris Motors themed reminiscence events across Oxford and Oxfordshire. The location of each event had a link to the car industry.

Fresh Art @

Fresh Art @

Aims & objectives:

  • To promote positive wellbeing, conversation and inspiration within hospital and community settings by bringing ‘fresh art’ into the environment.
  • To enable everyone to participate in socially engaged creative projects by providing workshops within the hospital, community settings and Bath Museums using the museum collections, including handling collections as creative inspiration.

Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums of Social Conscience

Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums

Aims and Objectives: The volume of research on autoethnography as a practical research method amongst academics has increased in the past few years. There is little research on the use of this research method in an applied form by cultural/heritage activists. Whilst much heritage research focuses on the impact of exhibits on visitors there is little research on the impact on participants’ well-being (including impact on spirituality/connections to self, others and the environment) specifically in post-conflict heritage sites.

Museum-based Art Psychotherapy Group for Young Adults

Museum-based Art Psychotherapy Group for Young Adults

The Group aimed to:

  • help participants to understand themselves better;
  • foster the ability to form and sustain positive relationships with others;
  • encourage social inclusion;
  • inspire creativity;

The Group was developed and delivered by 2gether NHS Foundation Trust Art Psychotherapists, working with adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. This was the first time that the Trust had used museum objects, exhibitions and environments to facilitate psychological therapy.

Peer Support Cultural Partnership

 a group looking at museum artefacts at the Discovery Centre
A participant and assistant community curator working on a puppet

Since 2010 four institutions in Leeds have been working together to develop a creative participatory programme for people living with dementia: Leeds Museums and Galleries, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Libraries and Leeds City Council’s Peer Support Service for people in the early stages of dementia.

Creative Heritage in Mind

Mixed Media Puppets by Juliet Lockhart and participants

The Association for Suffolk Museums (AfSM) and Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), developed  a collaborative working partnership through a yearlong project; Creative Heritage in Mind. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered arts and heritage courses in four Suffolk Museums. The project sought to establish ways that health care and heritage sectors can come together to meet a shared aim of contributing to people’s well-being through engagement in culture, heritage and art.

Manchester Museum: The Autism Friendly Museum

Manchester Museum: The Autism Friendly Museum

The Autism Friendly Museum project at Manchester Museum aims to increase health and wellbeing for family visitors with children with Autism, by providing a safe and supported environment to visit and explore; with engaging opportunities for all the family to share quality time together.

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