Forced Displacement and Cultural Interventions

CulturalInterventions_ImageForced Displacement and Cultural Interventions is a project investigating the potential of the Arts to play a central role in improving the health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers. The research is led by University College London and Petra University, in partnership with the Helen Bamber Foundation in London and the Women’s Programme Centre at Talbieh Refugee Camp in Jordan. The project is one of 15 new research projects under the ESRC-AHRC Forced Displacement call with funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund. Prof Helen Chatterjee is PI on the project entitled ‘Co-developing a method for assessing the psychosocial impact of cultural interventions with displaced people: Towards and integrated care framework’, in collaboration with Dr Beverly Butler, UCL Archaeology; Dr Fatima Al-Nammari, University of Petra, the Helen Bamber Foundation in London; and Talbieh Refugee Camp in Jordan.


Moving Objects: Stories of Displacement 

Free exhibition The Octagon Gallery UCL 18th Feb 2019 – 1st Oct 2019, 09:00 – 19:00, open daily (closed 17 – 22 Apr 2019) Discover the stories of people, animals and objects in exile told by refugees and researchers in London and the Middle East. The exhibition draws together poems, photographs and archival materials selected by displaced people. Working closely with UCL, researchers and displaced people in London, Lebanon and Jordan chose objects that challenge public perceptions of what it means to be a refugee.

Free symposium and exhibition launch Join creatives, academics and researchers to celebrate the exhibition and discuss the relationship between heritage, the arts and displacement on Thursday 14 March Find out more…


Experience-of-Creativity_SmallExperiences of Creativity held on 28th October, at The Workshop, Migration Museum, was a great success. The drop in workshops, inviting everyone to take part in felt work, knitting and crochet, pastel drawing and photography, were well attended and many participants learnt at least one new artistic skill. The day culminated with a fashion show displaying designs by clients of the Helen Bamber Foundation. One of the outputs of  ‘Experiences of Creativity’ is a three minute film.

We would like to like to thank the Helen Bamber Foundation for their generous involvement in this event and the Migration Museum for enthusiastically hosting the day.  

A sale of craft items was used to raise money for the Helen Bamber Foundation.      

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