Museums on Prescription

About ‘Museums on Prescription’  

Researchers from University College London and Canterbury Christ Church University, with seven partner museums in central London and across Kent, investigated the value of museum encounters in social prescribing in the three-year (2014-17) AHRC-funded Museums on Prescription project.

The project consisted of two phases: Phase 1 reviewed existing social prescribing schemes (see UCL_Social_Prescribing_Review_2015) and Phase 2 set up the novel museums-based social prescribing scheme. Museums on Prescription connected 115 socially isolated and lonely older people referred through local authority social care and psychological services, and third sector organisations, to 10-week museum-based programmes of creative and co-productive activities. For more information

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Museums on Prescription: A guide to working with older people was launched on Friday 29th Sept, 2017 and is the culmination of our best practice findings from the project to which collaborating museums, health and social care, third sector organizations and participants contributed.  The booklet is available to download here (pdf 3mb). If you would like a printed copy then please email Linda Thomson with your postal address.

Museums + Heritage Award: Museums on Prescription (University College London, and Canterbury Christ Church University). We are delighted to report that Museums on Prescription won the Museums + Heritage Award for the category ‘Educational Initiative’ up against tough competition. Helen Chatterjee, Linda Thomson and Dean Veall went up to collect the award from the broadcaster and vicar, Reverend Richard Coles, who particularly noted the benefits of social prescribing. Helen thanked all of our partners and participants and her speech featured the educational and wellbeing benefits of museums-based community referred activities for older people. The award ceremony was held on 16th May, 2018.

M+H_MoP_ImageMuseums+Heritage LogoThe submission was led by UCL Museums but as this was a real team effort we would like to congratulate our collaborators and acknowledge all of their hard work. Please use the following hashtags:        #MuseumsOnPrescription                           @AhrcHeritage (MoP funders)       #MandHAwards

RSPH_Award_2017_LogoRSPH Award: Museums on Prescription (University College London, and Canterbury Christ Church University) has won not only one but two prestigious Royal Society of Public Health Awards, one for ‘Health & Wellbeing’ in the category ‘Arts and Health’ and the other, a special commendation for ‘Sustainable Development’ awarded by Public Health England. Helen Chatterjee and Linda Thomson (UCL), Paul Camic and Bridget Lockyer (CCCU) together with Lindsey Boliver (Claremont Project, Islington) went up to collect the awards from Natasha Kaplinsky (ITV News) and Duncan Selbie (Public Health England). This is a huge achievement that would not have been possible without the support and hard work of everyone who contributed to the project. A massive thank you to the museums that ran such an exciting and stimulating range of programmes, the referrers from London and Kent and, of course, everyone who participated. We are extremely grateful to the AHRC for funding Museums on Prescription.