Speakers: Victoria Ryves, Head of Culture and Engagement, Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, Michelle Kindleysides, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Beamish Museum and Tamsin Russell, Workforce Development Lead, Museums Association

We know that museums can enhance the quality of life and contribute to improving mental and physical health.
Museums across the country engage in wellbeing programmes and projects that aim to boost wellbeing and tackle health inequality, often working with vulnerable and marginalised groups and communities. This work is significant and impactful, but is there a chance we could be doing more harm than good?
This session will explore how to deliver museum wellbeing programmes ethically and appropriately, which in turn will enable museums to deliver this programming sustainably. Being mindful of ethics and boundaries can also build trust with clinicians, GPS and the health sector- opening up more funding opportunities in the future.
Victoria and Michelle both lead on wellbeing work at museums in the North of England. Tamsin works on the workforce and wellbeing campaign issues for the Museums Association. This candid session will explore lessons learned in their practice. It will include:
  • Exploration of ethics of wellbeing programming
  • Identifying professional and personal boundaries
  • Creating systems of support for staff carrying out this work (based on models in Doncaster and Beamish)
  • Individual wellbeing and creating an individual wellbeing plan

Participants will have the following takeaways:

  • How to create an Individual Wellbeing Plan
  • How to create a culture of care at work
  • How to identify boundaries for safe and ethical work
Michelle Kindleysides, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Beamish Museum

May 16 @ 13:15
13:15 — 13:55 (40′)

Theatre 3


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