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  • 1. Healing Heritage:The Therapeutic Value of MuseumsDr Helen Chatterjee, Deputy Director, UCL Museums +Senior Lecturer in Biology, UCL School of Life and Medical SciencesImages©UCLMuseums
  • 2. Museum Object TherapyOBJECTIVES:• To explore the psychosocial impact of object handling on patients,carers and staff• To examine a variety of patients’ responses in relation to type ofobject and patient background/health status• To understand the underlying cognitive psychological processesinvolved in museum encounters• To develop an effective protocol for object handling in healthcaresettingsAIMS:To consider the potential of engaging with heritageobjects as a therapeutic or enrichment activitywithin healthcare.1. Heritage in Hospitals
  • 3. What we did…• Develop protocol; gain medical ethics committeeapproval; design handling sessions; agree datacollection methodology• Over 300 museum object handling sessions withhospital patients + care home residents• Collect data on patients’ wellbeing before, duringand after 30-40 minute handling session• Reflect on our experience of museums-in-healthcare
  • 4. Partners:Healthcare settings:•University College LondonHospitals (2 hospitals)•Prospect Park PsychiatricHospital, Reading•John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford•Residential care homes(London, Reading, Oxford)Museums:•>20 different partners, e.g.•The British Museum•Oxford University MuseumsService•Reading Museums Service•ACEThink Tanks:•NEF•ILC-UKThird Sector Agencies:•The Alzheimers Society•Age-UK•Royal Society for Public Health
  • 5. Positive Affect NegativeAffect Scale(PANAS) to assesspsychological wellbeing -developed by Watson, Clarkand Tellegen (1988)Quantitative methods: taken before and after session
  • 6. EQ VAS (Visual AnalogueScale)to assess health status andgeneral wellbeing developed byEuroQol Group (1990)
  • 7. Experimental and Control conditionsExperimental condition:Looking at, handling anddiscussing museum objectsImplicates visual, tactile andverbal modalitiesControl condition: Looking atand discussing photographs ofmuseum objects (the same setof objects as used in theexperimental condition)Implicates visual and verbalmodalities
  • 8. Quantitative outcomes: Experimental Vs ControlNegative moodPositive moodPre-sessionPost-session
  • 9. HappinessWellness020406080100Experimental ControlPre-sessionPost-session
  • 10. Positive adjective scoresPsychiatrichospitalResidentialcarehomeNeurorehab(outpatients)Neurorehab(inpatients)GenmaleoncologyGenfemaleoncologyGynaeoncologyAcute&elderlycareSurgicaladmissions
  • 11. Negative adjective scoresPsychiatrichospitalResidentialcarehomeNeurorehab(outpatients)Neurorehab(inpatients)GenmaleoncologyGenfemaleoncologyGynaeoncologyAcute&elderlycareSurgicaladmissions
  • 12. Outcomes - qualitative inductive thematic analysis and grounded theoryNew perspectivesExcitement, enjoyment, wonder, positive feelings (e.g. privilege,luck, surprise)Learning (including skills and confidence)Energy, alertness, flowCheered upSense of identity, meaning making opportunitiesSomething different, inspiringCalming, relieves anxietyPassing timeSocial experienceTactile experience
  • 13. Patients weredistracted from theirclinical surroundingsand felt healthier andhappierConclusionsObject handling had beneficialeffects on wellbeing thoughunclear whether effects werejust psychologicalFurther studies need tobe carried out on agreater variety of patientsas well as their carersand healthcare staffFindings used to developbest practice manual forcare worker, museum andhospital volunteer trainingprogrammes
  • 14. 2. Museums, Health and Wellbeing in practice
  • 15. Museum-Wellbeing Umbrella (Thomson and Chatterjee, 2013)Images © UCL Museums3. Measuring the value of museum encounters
  • 16. Outputs:•>10 peer-viewed journal articles•2 book chapters + 1 book: Museums, Health and Well-being by HelenChatterjee and Guy Noble – out 2013.•Websites:•2 exhibitions, 4 workshops and >10 conference/workshop presentations•Royal Society for Public Health: Arts and Award 2011.Acknowledgements:•AHRC for funding and support•Collaborators and partners•Hospital and care home participants and